Dec. 7 Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley

Black Mountain News
Nancy Dougherty

Nancy C. Dougherty

Black Mountain

Nancy C. Dougherty, 83, of Black Mountain, went home to be with the Lord on November 22, 2017.

  Nancy was a member of First Baptist Church, Black Mountain where she was a former pianist and worked in the library. She was a wonderful mother to her three children and friend who will be missed by all who knew her.

 She is preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Charlotte Dougherty; and daughters, Cynthia Ann Ladner and Tammy Elaine Ladner. Nancy is survived by her son, Jamie Ladner (Mary Elizabeth).

  The family received friends Monday, November 27 from 10-11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Black Mountain. A celebration of life service immediately followed. Burial was in the Black Mountain City Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Harwood Home for Funerals,

Timothy Bumgarner

Timothy Edward Bumgarner

Black Mountain

Timothy Edward Bumgarner, 58, of Black Mountain, entered into the arms of Jesus on November 27, 2017 at his home.

  Mr. Bumgarner was born in Haywood County and moved to Black Mountain as a child. He was a resident of Wake County and Buncombe County for most of his life. Timothy was the store manager at The Mattress Firm in Asheville and was a member of First Baptist Church, Black Mountain.

  Timothy is preceded in death by his parents, Morris and Opal Bumgarner.

  He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Susan Bumgarner; daughter, Jasmine Bumgarner of Black Mountain; sisters, Penny Greene (Allan) of Black Mountain, Suzan Baker (Mike) of Telford, TN, Mitzi Cooper (Bill) of Jonesborough, TN, and Anita Allen of Jonesborough, TN; brother, JC Bumgarner (Lynn) of Weaverville, NC; and numerous nieces and nephews.

  Tim had many loves in his life, including the Blue Ridge mountains, his beloved Tar Heels, spending time with family, his pets, and especially his Lord.

  The family received friends Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 10-11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Black Mountain. A celebration of Tim’s life immediately followed, with Pastor Jeremy Shoulta officiating.  Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals.

John Augustus Kluttz

Black Mountain

John Augustus Kluttz, 88, of Black Mountain, NC, died Monday, November 27, 2017. He was born on March 6, 1929, in Columbia, SC, to Glenn Roswell Kluttz and Jessie Lee Earhardt Kluttz.

  John is survived by his children Cathy Kluttz-Hile, Nancy K. Hudson and her husband Richard, John E. Kluttz and his wife Leslie, and Jimmy Kluttz and his wife Libby. Other surviving family members include his grandchildren: Barrett Kluttz and his wife Stephanie, Mary Beth Hudson and her fiancé Derrick Garrou, Margaret H. Cameron and her husband Corey, Martha Hudson and her wife Victoria Bunch, Emily Kluttz, and Grace Kluttz; and great-grandchildren: Olivia Kluttz, Dylan Kluttz, Hayden Kluttz, Alexa Kluttz, Avery Cameron, and Tucker Cameron.

  John was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 63 years Glenna Byrd Kluttz, his parents, and sister Mary Jane Kluttz Sullivan.

  John moved to Black Mountain with his wife Glenna in the late 1950s and became a pillar of the community most affectionately known as “Big John.” An honors graduate of Newberry College and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy, John was the owner of Knight’s Pharmacy on State Street for 30 years. John was committed to a life of service that extended throughout the town and county including, among other endeavors, time spent as town alderman, chairman of the board of Black Mountain Savings Bank (25 years), and president of the Buncombe County Pharmacy Association. He was also a faithful member of Black Mountain United Methodist Church. Most at home outdoors or in his garden, John devoted his life to his family, who knew him best as John or Dad, and in later years Dada. John leaves behind a legacy of love, dedication, and laughter to many family and friends.

  A service in memoriam was held at Black Mountain United Methodist Church on Monday, December 4, 2017; family members received guests at 1 p.m. in the sanctuary before the service began at 2 p.m.

  In lieu of flowers, a donation in John’s honor may be made to Black Mountain United Methodist Church or a charity of one’s choosing. Harwood Home for Funerals is assisting the family.

Rufus Daniel


Rufus Daniel, 92, of Swannanoa, passed away on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at the NC State Veterans Home in Black Mountain. He was born on July 12, 1925 in Easley, SC to the late Jerry and Allavertta Greene Daniel. Rufus was a US Army veteran who enjoyed hunting. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Bell Lytle Daniel; a sister, Loree Griffin; and two brothers, Charles Daniel and Jerry Daniel Jr. Rufus is survived by his daughter, Terri Hooper;  grandson, Hezekiah Hooper of Swannanoa; three sisters, Aretha Richardson of Evanston, IL, Mary L. Stepp of Black Mountain, NC, and Betty J. Washington of Evanston, IL; his niece and caregiver, Cora Stafford of Black Mountain, NC; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A funeral service was held at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, December 4, 2017 in the chapel of Penland Family Funeral Home with the Rev. Bobby Hill Jr. officiating. Interment followed at Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery. The family received friends from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Penland Family Funeral Home served the family. The online register is available at

May Weller

Nokomis, Fla.

May Weller, age 54, of Nokomis, FL passed away on Monday morning, November 27, 2017.

Born in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 27, 1963, May graduated from the University of Bangkok in 1991 and worked for Thai Airways for 12 years. She moved to the United States in 2002 and proudly became a U.S. citizen in 2009.

She worked co-owned and managed the CW Moose Trading Company in Black Mountain, Black Mountain Quilts NC and New River Trading Company in West Jefferson, NC. 

 Black Mountain had a special place in her heart. She and her husband met and married in the area and lived in a log cabin on McCoy Cove Road. 

She was an avid golfer, tennis player, Thai chef, quilter and photographer. She loved gardening and living in both North Carolina and Florida. May enjoyed travelling the world, including several trips back to her beloved Thailand.

May is survived by her husband of 12 years, Roger Weller, formerly of Troy, NY, as well as her son Sattawas Ghongruendee and daughter Nuttida Ghongruendee who both live in Bangkok.

May was a devout Buddhist. Donations in her honor may be made to the Sarasota Forest Monastary, 2828 S. McCall Rd, PMB 10, Englewood, FL 34224.