Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley Sept. 29-Oct. 4

Black Mountain News
Mary Anne Eldridge

Mary Anne Eldridge

Black Mountain

Mary Anne Eldridge was born to Howard and Mary Jane Baker on June 1, 1942 in Troy, OH.  On September 24, 1961 Mary Anne married Kelly Day and from that union she had five children Rachel (Michael Davis), Michael (Kitt), Stephen (Susan), Nathan (Kim) and Christopher (Pam).

On September 25, 1993, Mary Anne married Paris Eldridge in Lafayette, IN. They relocated to Black Mountain, NC in 2004 where they lived happily in their home in the mountains and relished new friendships with their growing group of friends.  Paris has two children from a prior union, Kris Eldridge (Kimberly) and Angela Beckefeld (Darrin).


Predeceasing Mary Anne are her parents and a sister Nancy Ellen.  She is survived by her four siblings Beverly (Ezra), Lloyd (Renee), John (Emmie) and Paul (Sandra), her step-mother, Martha Baker, and Martha’s two children, Phyllis Miller (Gerald) and Charles Brumbaugh (Marlene).  Mary Anne is also survived by 14 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and -nephews, and friends.


Mary Anne thoroughly enjoyed being a member of Covenant Community Church, Order of St. Luke, and the Blue Ridge Emmaus community.  She loved serving and befriending the homeless.


Mary Anne found prayer to be a powerful means of communicating with God and is thankful for the prayers that He answered throughout her life.  Her wish is that her family, friends and church continue to communicate with God through prayer. 


In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Room in The Inn, a mobile homeless shelter for women (Homeward Bound of WNC, PO Box 1166, Asheville, NC 28802;, or Covenant Community Church (

A memorial service will be held at Covenant Community Church located at 11 Rocket Drive, Asheville, NC 28803 on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 2 pm.

Kathleen Laura Bailey Cregger


Kathleen "Kathie" Laura Bailey Cregger, 94, of Raleigh, NC passed away on September 18, 2017 at Springmoor Life Care Retirement Community in Raleigh, NC.

Kathleen was born in Nashville, TN to the late Harry S. and Eulalia M. Bailey and grew up in Los Angeles, CA. A graduate of George Washington High School, in 1939 she met the love of her life, Floyd "Mert" Cregger.  They were married on March 11, 1942 and in 2016, prior to his passing, they celebrated their 74th wedding anniversary.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Floyd Cregger, sister, Virginia Mills, and brothers Maurice and Robert Bailey.  She is survived by her son Peter (Jane) Cregger of Raleigh, NC, daughter Nancy (William) Langford of Hastings, NE, and daughter, Carolyn Vaughan of Menifee, CA; grandsons, Dennis, Donald (Brandi) and Tom Coggia, William (Barbara) Langford, Joseph (Cindy) Vaughan, James (Elizabeth) Cregger, and granddaughters, Susan Langford, Sarah Vaughan, Marian and Julie Cregger; 8 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to acknowledge the grace with which care was provided to Kathie by the nurses, CNAs and staff of both Givens-Highland Farms, Black Mountain, and Springmoor Life Care Retirement Community, Raleigh. An interment service to be held at a later date at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain. Those wishing to make a donation are asked to donate to the Springmoor Endowment Fund, 1500 Sawmill Rd. Raleigh, NC 28715 or North Carolina UNC Public TV,  PO Box 600067, Raleigh, NC 27675-6067.

Greg Stiles

Greg Stiles

Black Mountain

It is with great sadness that the family of Greg Stiles announces his passing on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 at the age of 51 in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Born on April 13th, 1966 in Montgomery, Alabama to Robin and Tom Stiles, Greg grew up in many places around the world including Germany, Alaska, and Florida. He lived his adventurous and full life in Pennsylvania, Colorado and North Carolina with his wife of 24 years and best friend Courtney (McVey) Stiles. He was most proud of their three children; Vance (18) a first year student at UNC Chapel Hill, Chloe (16) a Junior at Owen High School and Parker (13) an 8th grade student at The Learning Community.

Greg held a degree in civil engineering from UNC Charlotte. Bridge design was truly his art and passion and he was very proud to be employed as a Chief Project Manager at the firm of COWI Bridge Design, based in Vancouver, British Colombia Canada. He served for Engineers Without Borders and visited many middle schools, sharing his passion and teaching them the elements of bridge design and building through a hands-on experience.

In his spare time he enjoyed travel and outdoor pursuits with his family, spending many days hiking mountain tops, paddle boarding, experiencing and appreciating the best that life could offer. An athlete with a presence that could not be missed, Greg enjoyed running and competing in sprint triathlons. He was also an avid rugby player and held the friendships he gained on the field very dear.

Greg was truly loved by the community of Black Mountain and served as a Deacon at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church. He was an advocate of the Black Mountain Greenways development program and volunteered his time as a planner.

Greg is also survived by his parents, his brother Tommy Stiles, of Richmond, VA and his wife Leigh Stiles; his in-laws Gayle & Michael Fedigan of Newburgh, NY and Vera & David McVey of New York City as well as his many loving cousins, nieces, and other friends.

There was a celebration of Greg’s life on Saturday, September 22 at 2 p.m. at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, 117 Montreat Road, Black Mountain, NC. Immediately following there will be a time of visitation at the Church in the Fellowship Hall.

Memorial donations may be made in Greg’s name through Eblen Charities at 50 Westgate Parkway, Asheville, NC 28806.