Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley
Donald Raymond Turner, 82, went to be with the Lord on May 22, 2016 at the NC State Veterans Nursing Home surrounded by family.
A lifelong resident of Ridgecrest, Donald was born August 3, 1933 to the late Robert Wilson Turner and Mylo Denny Turner. He retired from the NC Department of Transportation after 20 years of service, and was a veteran of the US Army.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Alice Turner; and brothers, Paul, Dan and Doyle Turner.
Donald is survived by a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
The family received friends Wednesday, May 25, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Harwood Home for Funerals. A Celebration of Life Service followed at 2 p.m. at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans Association, dav.org, or Black Mountain Fire Department, bmvfire.org. Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals, harwoodhomeforfunerals.com.
Mary Miller Guerrant
Mary Miller Guerrant, 91, of Black Mountain, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 22, 2016.
Mary was born on September 11, 1924 in what was then the Belgian Congo (now the Republic of Congo), Africa, where her parents, the Reverend Alfred Hoyt Miller, Sr. and Merle Little Miller were Presbyterian missionaries. In 1939 as World War II approached, her family was in the U.S. on furlough and it was decided that she would remain to complete high school and then college. She did not see her parents and two younger siblings again until after the war.
She received an undergraduate degree from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. During her college years, she spent many happy summers in Montreat, North Carolina. In 1946, Mary married John Guerrant Sr. (her brother's roommate in medical school). After Naval Service and a residency at the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco, CA, they settled in San Rafael, California where they raised their family. John Guerrant pre-deceased Mary in 1978. Mary worked for many years as a registered nurse and received a second bachelors degree in nursing. She retired and, after 45 years in California, moved to Highland Farms in Black Mountain to be closer to family, old friends, and the many new friends that she made while living there.
Mary is preceded in death by two of her sons, Alfred (Hoyt) Guerrant and David Patrick Guerrant; as well as brothers John Knox Miller, Alfred Hoyt Miller, Jr. and sister-in-law Aurie Miller.
Mary is survived by her daughter Susan Guerrant Nye; son John (Summer) Guerrant; sister Patsy Reily; daughter-in-law Yolima; granddaughters Laura, Maya, Elisa; as well as many dear nieces, nephews and cousins.
Her ashes will be returned to California where she will be interred next to her sons.
The family would like to extend extremely heartfelt thanks to all the staff at Highland Farms, but especially those in the Lodge, the Health Unit and the Maintenance Department for their incredibly kind and compassionate care of Mary during her declining years.