Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley

James Wesley “Jim” Robertson

Black Mountain

James Wesley “Jim” Robertson, 75, died Sunday, March 20, 2016 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Jim was a native of Buncombe County and had resided in West Virginia several years before moving back to a small family farm in McDowell County. He and his wife moved back to Buncombe Co. (Black Mountain) in 2001.

He was a U.S. Army veteran having served at Ft. Devens, Mass. and in the far East. After release from military service he became a Journeyman Electrician working in several North and Southeastern states. He was a member of the IBEW local #238 in Asheville. Jim was very proud to have followed his dad’s footsteps into this profession. He was a 1960 graduate of Charles D. Owen High School. Jim was a deacon and member of Mountain View Baptist Church, North Fork Road, Black Mountain.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, B.W. “Ted” and Julia Hutchins Robertson.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Patsy Kimble Robertson; two sons, Douglas Robertson (Sheri) of Swannanoa and Stacy Wayne Robertson of Marion; sister, Jackie Bailey (Dwight) of Black Mountain; brother, Freddie Robertson (Clemen) of Jacksonville, FL; two grandchildren, Jordan and Liam Robertson of Swannanoa; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery at 2 p.m. The speaker will be a close friend of Jim’s, the Rev. Joe Faircloth.

In memory of Jim, memorial donations may be made to Mountain View Baptist Church, 2221 North Fork - Right Fork Road, Black Mountain NC 28711 or Alzheimer’s Association, 4600 Park Road, Suite 250, Charlotte, NC 28209, or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals, harwoodhome

Kate W. Hopson


Kate W. Hopson, 80, of Swannanoa passed away Sunday, March 20, 2016.

Mrs. Hopson was born November 27, 1935 in Clay County to the late Ross Bradley and Julia Beck. She attended Grove Stone Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in by her husband, Jessie Hopson.

Kate is survived by her daughters, Pat Bradley (Ronnie) of Swannanoa and Tracy Gregory of Weaverville; son, Daniel Hopson (Johnsie) of Greensboro; siblings, David, John, Ross, and Sharon; grandchildren, Benji, Eric, Danielle, Ronnie, Kevin, and William; numerous foster grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Service was held Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. in the chapel of Harwood Home for Funerals with Reverend James Lamb officiating. Burial followed in the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery at 2 p.m. The family received friends from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Arrangements were in the care of Harwood Home for Funerals, harwodhomeforfunerals. com.