Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley

Oliver Cromwell



Oliver Cromwell Penland, 94, of Swannanoa passed away Friday, April 8, 2016.

He was born March 22, 1922 in Buncombe County to the late Oscar Penland and Sadie Wilson Penland Hall. His wife of 73 years, Ruth C. Penland, sister, Isabelle Towe, and brother, Frank Penland, preceded him in death.

Oliver is survived by his daughter, Olivia McGuinn (Charles); sons, Richard C. Penland and Jerry Penland (Beverly); six grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

After working in the naval shipyard in New Port News, Virginia, Oliver served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. He then worked as an electrician for Morgan Manufacturing which later became Drexel. In 1972, Oliver, his wife, Ruth, and daughter, Olivia established Penland’s Furniture. The business continues to be owned and operated by the family.

Oliver and Ruth attended the Swannanoa Valley Presbyterian Church where Oliver served as an elder.

On Tuesday, April 12, 2016 visitation was held at the Swannanoa Valley Presbyterian Church from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Funeral services followed at 1 p.m.

Burial was at 2 p.m. in The Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery. Reverend Ed Olson and Pastor Carl Bowles officiated.

The family would like to especially thank the following caretakers: Shannon Furman, Dylan Moore, Donna Slider, Deb Myers, and Ann Maddox for their devoted care and attention during Oliver’s long illness.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Swannanoa Valley Presbyterian Church, PO Box 637, 115 Rockdale Ave., Swannanoa, NC 28778 would be appreciated. Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals, harwoodhomefor

Margaret Bridges



Margaret Bridges Bryant, 93, of Swannanoa, passed away Saturday, April 9, 2016.

Mrs. Bryant was born May 18, 1922 to the late Clifford and Annie Bridges. She retired from Sears with over 30 years of service. Margaret enjoyed cooking and gardening. She was dedicated to her family and Buckeye Baptist Church, where she was a member.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Carl Bryant; sisters, Doris Owensby, Dorcas Hollifield, Pauline Gragg; brothers, Hugh, Carl, James Fay and Tommie Bridges.

Margaret is survived by her son, Terry Bryant (Sheila) of Swannanoa; sister, Joan Dunlop; brother, Jerry Bridges; granddaughters, Lynn Hollingsworth (Michael) and her son, Cameron, and Lori Swink (Quinn), and their son, Garrin.

A Celebration of Life Service was held Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 12 p.m. at Buckeye Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Cribbs officiating. Burial followed in Sky View Memorial Park. The family received friends from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Flowers are accepted and appreciated. Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals, harwoodhomefor

Alicia Stewart Allen

Black Mountain

Alicia Stewart Allen, 33 of Black Mountain, passed away Saturday, April 9, 2016.

Alicia was born June 25, 1982 in Maryland to Sammy Stewart and Peggy Stewart. She enjoyed turtles, cooking, food, organizing and cleaning, shopping, and traveling to the beach. Alicia had a wonderful sense of humor and loved making her family smile. She loved life, family and friends. Alicia loved to “love.” She touched so many lives and will be missed by all who knew her.

Alicia is preceded in death by her brother, Colin Stewart; maternal grandparents, Charlie and Ruby Logan; and paternal grandparents, Samuel and Faye Stewart.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband of 3 1/2 years, Jared Allen; brothers, Christian and Ryan Stewart; father and mother-in-law, Charles and Sharon Allen; brother and sister-in-law, Justin and Tiffany Allen; nephews, Carson and Brantley; and dogs, Kimbo and Sadie.

A Celebration of Life Reception was Friday, April 15, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Harwood Home for Funerals.

Flowers are accepted and appreciated. Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals, harwoodhomefor

Mary Ruth Settle Buckner

Black Mountain

Mary Ruth Settle Buckner, 90, of Black Mountain, passed away Sunday, April 10, 2016.

Mrs. Buckner was born August 26, 1925 in Buncombe County to the late Hillary and Myrtle Wilson Settle. She attended Swannanoa Heights Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Bert William Buckner; sisters, Essie Shelton and Ruby Fletcher.

Mary is survived by her sons, Terry Buckner of Swannanoa and David Buckner of Blue Ridge, GA; sister, Betty Ann Davis; 3 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life Service was held Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 1 p.m.

The family received friends immediately following the service at Harwood Home for Funerals. Burial was be in Mountain View Memorial Park.

Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals, harwoodhomefor

Augustus Horace Deudney


Augustus Horace Deudney was born August 29, 1928 in Miami, Florida to Augustus Hume Deudney and Elva Brunson Deudney, their only child. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ruth McLaughlin Deudney, a son, Daniel Horace Deudney and John Welch of Philadelphia, PA, daughters Holly Bliss McGarraugh and Geoffrey McGarraugh of Santa Rosa, CA, Heidi Ann Pinkston and Shane Pinkston of Martinsville, VA and grandsons Benjamin Parks Pinkston and Maxwell Carson Pinkston of Martinsville, VA.

Horace grew up in Miami, FL and attended Miami High School. He was a proud Eagle Scout as are his son and two grandsons. He graduated from the University of Florida with a BS in Business Administration.

Upon graduation he was commissioned as an officer in the Air Force with duties at Tyndall AFB and Tokyo, Japan. Upon discharge, he joined the Babcock and Wilcox Co. in Barberton, OH and Brunswick, GA. While in Barberton, Horace studied labor law at Akron University. In 1966 he moved his family to Winston-Salem and was with RJ Reynolds until he retired in 1986.

In retirement he accepted a position as ABC Administrator for Winston-Salem and later as Administrator of the ABC system for the State of North Carolina. Horace retired for the second time in 1995. After which he enjoyed for seven years their home in Montreat, NC. While there, he attended Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, where he was an Elder.

He was a seasoned veteran of many United Way campaigns. He was actively involved in North Carolina Politics for many years.

Horace loved his family, the game of golf and making gifts for his friends and family out of wood. He was an avid reader and was a student of history, which we are all assured will remember him as fondly as we remember him.

A memorial service was held at Centenary United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Friday, April 15 with a reception following in the Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, 646 W 5th St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 or to the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Online condolences may be made through