Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley

Billy James Collins

Black Mountain

Billy James Collins, 74, of Black Mountain, passed away October 12, 2015.

Mr. Collins was born August 13, 1941 to the late Lee and Laura Truitt Collins. Billy was employed with Kearfott for many years, he was a veteran of the US Army, and a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Mary Jo Kilpatrick; brother, Percival Collins; and grandchildren, Gary and Larry Powell.

Billy is survived by his wife of 32 years, Donna Weaver Collins; daughters, Cynthia Norton (Henry) of Swannanoa and Rhonda Goldsmith (Joseph) of Marshall; son, James Wilson (Angel) of Morristown, TN; brother, Ron Collins of Marble; 9 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

A funeral mass was held Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church with Father Matt Leonard officiating. Burial followed at 12 p.m. at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.

The family received friends Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015 at Harwood Home for Funerals.

Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals. www.harwoodhomefor

James Naves

Black Mountain

Brother James (Jim) Naves left his earthly home Wednesday, October 15, 2015 for his heavenly home to be with Christ his Savior and Lord.

He was 86, the youngest son of the late Henry and Willie Jane Naves of Madison County. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen Laws, and second wife, Lennette Scroggs Hensley and eight brothers, Ambrose, Lawrence, Glen, Emmett, Tom, Hubert, Erna, and an unnamed brother who died at birth.

He is survived by his wife, Lessie Hopkins Naves of the home; daughters, Carol Watson (Dennis) of Black Mountain, NC, Debra Hughes (Roger) of Corpus Christi, TX, and Linda Hensley Nicholson (Don) of Clarkesville, GA; grandsons, Chris Davis of Athens, GA and Dean Davis of Louisville, CO; three stepsons, Wayne Hopkins (Linda) of Wellford, SC, Danny Hopkins (Mary) of Black Mountain, NC and Bill Hopkins (Judy) of Duncan, SC; seven grandchildren, James, Melanie, Wendy, Jeremy, Joshua, Jed, and Zach; ten great grandchildren, Aaron, Brittany, Landon, Jessica, Josiah, Jaimie, Jonathan, Jenna, Jason and Chloe.

Jim retired from the USAF in 1970 after being assigned as supply sergeant in Libya, New Foundland, Japan, Korea, and Okinawa. The last 10 years in the USAF were very special to him having been assigned to the F105-F104 weapons systems with service in Korea and Vietnam. After his military service he worked with Public Gas Company and A & M Tool where he retired in 1994. He was a faithful member of Meadowbrook Free Will Baptist Church.

His greatest love was Jesus Christ, his Savior, Lord and Redeemer; his family, which everyone was a special blessing and the preaching of the Word and gospel music.

Funeral Services were held at Meadowbrook Free Will Baptist Church in Black Mountain on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 2:00pm with the Rev. Jeremy Hopkins and Rev. Randy Stone officiating. Burial follwed in Green Hills Cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service time.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Meadowbrook Free Will Baptist Church or Carepartners Solace Center.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” JOHN 3:16

Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals. www.harwoodhomefor

James David Tolly

Black Mountain

James David “Jim” Tolley, 87, of Black Mountain passed away October 12, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Mae Tolley; and son, James Oliver Tolley and wife, Ronda.

No services are planned at this time. Memorial donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the Salvation Army or Shriners Association.

Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals. www.harwoodhomefor

Robert H. Grove

Black Mountain

Robert H. “Bob” Grove joined Christ’s Church Triumphant on October 14, 2015.

He was the son of Robert W. and Susie Horton Grove, of Max Meadows, VA. Born March 31, 1934, Bob lived in Max Meadows until moving with his family to Black Mountain, NC in 1962.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Opal Taylor Grove and one brother.

He is survived by his daughter, Karen Austin of Black Mountain; son, Michael Grove (Jan) of Canton; four grandchildren, and sister-in-law, Maxine Grove.

Bob was an active member of Black Mountain Presbyterian Church for many years, serving as both a deacon and elder. He was a member of the 663 Lodge of AF & A Masons, achieving the standing of 33rd Degree. Bob was a member emeritus of the AATCC and served as a technical advisor to textile manufacturers in Central and South America.

Funeral Services were held at Galena Presbyterian Church in Max Meadows, VA Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 2:00pm with interment to follow at West End Cemetery, Wytheville, VA.

The family received friends one hour prior to service time at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Memory Care, 100 Far Horizons Lane, Asheville, NC 28803.

Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals. www.harwoodhomefor

Harold Vance Martin

Sevierville, Tenn.

Harold "Vance" Martin, 76, of Sevierville, TN, passed away Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 at University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, TN.

Born Jan. 24, 1939 in Swannanoa, he was the son of the late Phillip Harrison Martin and Flora Mae Bryant Martin. He is also preceded in death by his brothers and sister, Phillip "Sonny" Martin, Bobby Allen Martin, Bruce Martin, Sharon Martin, and Jack Martin.

Vance attended Owen High School, then joined the US Marine Corps during the Korean War. He worked as a mechanic for Sparky Cadillac and Oldsmobile, and as a heavy equipment mechanic. He was a member of the American Legion Post 104 in Sevierville, TN.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Betsy Stamey Martin of the home; daughter, Christina Martin of Sevierville; and 2 grandchildren, Lucy May Chavis (6), and Isaiah James Chavis (3).

A graveside funeral service was held Monday, October 19, 2015 at Mountain View Memorial Park in Black Mountain with Chaplain Steve Oxner officiating.

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