Nov. 23 Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley

Timothy Hubert

Timothy Riggs Hubert


Timothy Riggs Hubert. 65, of Asheville passed away unexpectedly Thursday, November 9, 2017.

Mr. Hubert was born November 26, 1951 in Dekalb County, GA to the late Thomas Roy and Martha Collins Hubert.

He was a veteran of the United States Army and retired from the VA Medical Center. He was a member of Fletcher United Methodist Church. Tim was a loving husband, father and PopPop.

Tim is survived by his wife of 34 years, Wanda Woody Hubert; daughter, Whitney Sylvester (Enoch) of Hendersonville; sisters, Teresa Lampros of Farmington, New Mexico, Susie Hanlin (Bruce) of Greer, SC and Tammy Hubert of Greenville, SC; 3 grandchildren, Simeon, Quinn and Rhea Mae Sylvester.

A Celebration of Life Service was held Monday, November 13, 2017 at 1 p.m. in Fletcher United Methodist Church. A private burial was in the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery. Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals,

William “Bill” S. Pilkington

Black Mountain

1SG William “Bill” S. Pilkington, age 88, of Black Mountain, formally of Old Fort, passed away at the Charles George VA Medical Center on Thursday, November 9, 2017. Bill was born on March 22, 1929, to the late John and Victoria Pilkington of Old Fort, NC. He was the last of ten children. Bill was a loving husband for 58 years, to his late wife Lillie Mae Wilson.

Bill retired from the Army after 22 years of service. He was a tank commander who served multiple tours in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. During his time in the Army Bill earned multiple awards, the Korean service medal with three devices, United Nations service medal, national defense ribbon with oak leaf cluster, Vietnam service medal with three devices, good conduct medal first through seventh award, Army commendation medal with second award. He also earned multiple citations from the Presidential citation, Korean Presidential, and Vietnam Presidential citation. Bill was a loyal patriot that served his country well. He will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor and for the time and detail that he gave to all that he did. Bill loved to give generously to many organizations.

Bill is survived by five nieces, Ora Lee Kerlee and husband Jerry of Black Mountain, Joyce Turner and husband George of Shelby, Sue Young and husband Sam of Valdese, Hilda Randall and husband Bobby of Old Fort and Mary Neil Morgan of Marion. A Great-Niece, Tammy Kerlee, known as “Green Bean” to Bill, and numerous Nephews and Great-Nieces.

A graveside service was held Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, at 2 p.m. at the Western Carolina Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain, NC. Services will be conducted by Rev. Kenneth Rhinehart. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Carepartners Hospice and the VA Hospice.

Westmoreland Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. An online register is available at

Russell R. Long


Russell R. Long, 69, of Fletcher, NC passed away Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at the VA Hospital in Asheville, NC. Russell was born on July 20, 1948 in Buncombe County, NC to the late Julian and Hazel Cates Long. He was a very loving husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed.

Russell was a United States Air Force veteran during the Vietnam era and was an accountant for the Pasadena Unified School District. He also worked at Town Hardware in Black Mountain for several years. Russell was of the Christian faith and loved all kinds of music. He even had a band in high school.

He also enjoyed hot air ballooning which he had a pilot's license for, making stained glass art, was a Carolina Panthers fan and an avid bowler at Star Lanes. Russell also loved his kitty, Smokey.

He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Charleen Meyer Long; step-sons, Charles (Saundy) Hutto of Monroe, NC and James F. Hutto III (Becky Sasser) of Swannanoa, NC; step-daughter, Amy Hagenlocher (Lt. Cdr. Mark Hagenlocher) of Alton, IL; six grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Western Carolina State Veterans' Cemetery. Details can be obtained by contacting Penland Family Funeral Home, which is assisting the family. The online register is available at 

Julia Capps

Dr. Julia A. Capps

Black Mountain

Dr. Julia A. Capps died peacefully on the morning of November 16, 2017.

She is predeceased by her father and mother, Richard Clingman Capps and Nell Kent Capps and brothers, Richard Lee and Clingman Carter Capps.

She had a very meaningful life as an educator, daughter, family member, church member and community organizer. On the many boards she was a member of, she was a forthright participant.  She especially enjoyed her years teaching English at Lee Edwards High School (now, Asheville High School), was a stalwart as an Associate Superintendent in the Asheville City Schools and was especially pleased to participate in the educational progress of its students.

Julia was a graduate of Appalachian State University earning her Bachelors and Masters degrees.  She later earned her doctorate at Duke University.

She was a valued member of the Black Mountain Presbyterian Church where she served as an elder.  As a choir member, her lovely soprano voice was appreciated by all.

Julia is survived by her many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.  The family extends its gratitude to the caregivers who lightened the burden of her extended illness.

A memorial service to honor Julia’s life was held Monday, November 20, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Black Mountain Presbyterian Church.  Burial will be private.

Please remember Julia’s family in your prayers as well as in your remembrances of her to Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, Po Box 39, Black Mountain, NC 28711 or Black Mountain/Swannanoa Community Foundation, c/o Michael Begley, 103 Richardson Blvd., Black Mountain, NC 28711.

Arrangements are in the care of Harwood Home for Funerals.