Nov. 16 Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley


Arrlie Carroll Fox


Arrlie “AC” Carroll Fox, 69, passed away at John F. Keever Solace Center on Monday, November 6, 2017.

Arrlie was born October 10, 1948 in Buncombe County and lived in Fairview for the past 37 years. He was a servant for the Lord and loved his home church dearly. Arrlie was a loving husband, father, brother and uncle; but, no words can describe the love he had for his grandchildren and great grands.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 17 years, Debra Sue Fox; two sons William Fox and James McMahan; parents Levi Sr and Flora Johnson Fox; four sisters and four brothers.

Arrlie is survived by two daughters Vanessa Sprouse (Bradie) and Christina Buckner (Greg Jr); daughter in-law Patience Freeman (Brandon); 11 grandchildren, Mercedes Sherlin (Jerremy), Destiny, Audrey, Blayne, Chance, Skye, Alyvia, Hannah-Grace, Kylie, Wyatt and Trystin; three great-grands, Colton, Liam and Kamden; one sister Annette Ragan (Ronnie); many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service was held Saturday Nov. 11, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Harwood Home for Funerals with Rev. Todd Royal officiating. Burial was at the Cane Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund at SECU, in care of Christina Buckner, has been set up for any remaining expenses.

Arrangements are in the care of Harwood Home for Funerals,

Ronald Paul Waldrup


Ronald Paul Waldrup, 65, of Swannanoa, NC passed away November 6, 2017 at his home. He fought a long battle with kidney disease. Born March 3, 1952 in Asheville, NC he was the son of Paul Waldrup and Thelma June Roper Isley of Swannanoa (both now deceased). He attended Owen High School. During high school he worked at Burger Hut (the hang out) and enjoyed his friends who affectionately nicknamed him “Worm.” He was employed by Freehling & Robertson for 25 years. He loved the beach, Motown music, dancing and family.

Survivors include his children, Richard Paul Waldrup, wife Sabrina Estep Waldrup and Kellie Michelle Waldrup Teters, husband Will Teters of Asheville, NC. His pride and joy were his two grandchildren, Madelyn Michelle and Abigail Eliza Teters.

The family would like to extend an invitation to friends and extended family to a Remembrance Gathering at the home. The address is 138 Scenic View Drive, Swannanoa, NC on November 19 from 4-6 p.m.

The family expresses appreciation to Hospice for the loving care they provided for their Dad and Grandpa. Thank you is also expressed to . Jackson Funeral Services.

Donald Ray Lunsford

Black Mountain

Donald “Donny” Ray Lunsford, 63, of Black Mountain, formerly of Fremont, Ohio, passed away Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

Donny was born June 9, 1954 in Port Clinton, Ohio to the late Paul and Artie Britt Lunsford.

He was a long-standing, active member of First Presbyterian Church of Fremont where he served as a greeter and usher. Donny enjoyed woodworking and was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to all who knew him.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his siblings, Paul, Regina, Larry, Susie, and Steve.

He is survived by his wife, Cherie Vought Lunsford; sons, Shane Lunsford (Erin) and Nathan Lunsford (Elicia); sisters, Tammy Spallinger and Brenda Hatt; brothers, Jerry and Gary Lunsford; five grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Service was held Sunday, Nov. 5, at 3 p.m. at Black Mountain United Methodist Church with Rev. Bob Tuttle officiating.

A local memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family at 509 Tomahawk Ave., Unit 1, Black Mountain, NC 28711.

Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals.

Vivian Griffin Cooley

Black Mountain

Vivian Griffin Cooley, 79, of Black Mountain passed away Saturday, November 4, 2017.

Mrs. Cooley was born September 29, 1938 in Buncombe County to the late William and Louelle Griffin. She lived most of her life in Rochester, NY where she was a school teacher and accountant.

Vivian enjoyed gardening, sailing, skiing, and other outdoor activities.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her son-in-law, Jim James.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Austin Craig Cooley; daughters, Mary James, Susan Crane (Chris), and Barbara Shelton (Richard); seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Service was held Sunday, November 12 at 2 p.m. at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, PO Box 39, Black Mountain, NC 28711 or Swannanoa Valley Museum, PO Box 306, Black Mountain, NC 28711.

Arrangements are by Harwood Home for Funerals.

Patricia Hitchcock Broadfoot Stewart

Black Mountain

Patricia Hitchcock Broadfoot Stewart, 87, of Black Mountain, passed away November 7, 2017 at Givens Highland Farms.

Born March 15, 1930 in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Marguerite Hitchcock. In addition to her parents, she is preceeded in death by her daughter, Bevan Margaret Broadfoot; late husband, Henry Bryan Broadfoot, Jr.; and late second husband, Lloyd Thomas Stewart.

Patricia had lived in Virginia as well as Montana, in addition to New York City before moving to Black Mountain in 1972. She was a graduate of the College of William and Mary with a degree in history. She was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Black Mountain. Patricia loved to volunteer at the Depot, Seven Sisters, and at the Black Mountain Town Hall. She was one of the original members and founders of the Black Mountain Croquet Club.

Survivors include her daughter, Susan Cheeves Broadfoot of Black Mountain; grandchildren, Brittany Anne Young (Cody) of Weaverville, Emily Fate Dover of Black Mountain, and Michael Bryan Dover of Asheville; great-grandchildren, Marjorie Fagan, and Brayin Mason; and several surviving cousins in Florida and North Carolina

A private service was held by the family. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the care and love given by the staff at Givens Highland Farms.

Condolences may be made online at

The Rev. Dr. Maynard Fountain

Black Mountain

The Rev. Dr. Maynard Fountain, 92, of Givens Highland Farms died November 1, 2017. He was born on September 2, 1925 in Richmond, VA to Mr. and Mrs. W.M. Fountain, Sr. of Greenwood, MS. His early years were spent in Greenwood and after graduating from Greenwood High School, he graduated from Rhodes College (formerly Southwestern at Memphis) in 1947. While at Rhodes College, he served as President of the Student Body and President of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He was also a member of ODK honorary fraternity and in later years served on the Board of Trustees at Rhodes. Upon his graduation, he felt a calling to the Presbyterian Church USA ministry. He graduated from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA. Years later he earned a Doctorate of Divinity Degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL.

On February 9, 1951 he married Lilian Landrum Leavell of New Orleans, LA and they were blessed with three children, Dr. William Maynard Fountain, III (Cindy) of Lexington, KY; Dr. Beth Fountain of Montreat, NC; and Jan McRae of Montreat, NC. He also leaves behind five grandsons; William M. Fountain, IV (Jayme) of Circleville, OH; Heath B. Phillips of Atlanta, GA; Drew Fountain (Kelly) of Lexington, KY; 1st Lt. Robert F. McRae (Mariam) of Sneads Ferry, NC; and Wyatt E. McRae of Memphis, TN. He is also survived by one great granddaughter, Molly Caroline Fountain of Circleville, OH. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lilian Leavell Fountain and his son-in-law, Robert E. McRae.

Dr. Fountain served as pastor of churches in North Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee and Louisiana. While in Louisiana, he served as General Presbyter of the Presbytery of South Louisiana and as President of the Louisiana Interchurch Council. He concluded his ministry by serving as the first Director of Development at Montreat Conference Center. His retirement years were spent in Montreat and Givens Highland Farms in Black Mountain. His family wishes to express appreciation to all of the staff at Highland Farms and Interim Healthcare.

A memorial service will be held at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church in Black Mountain on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 2 p.m. The Revs. Mary Katherine Robinson and Keith Grogg will officiate. His remains will be interred during a private service in Montreat, NC.

Morris Funeral Home, 304 Merrimon Ave., is handling the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Montreat Conference Center, PO Box 969, Montreat, NC 28757 or to a charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be sent to the family through the website,