Dec. 14 Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley

Black Mountain News
Albert Paul Dalton

Albert Paul Dalton


Albert Paul Dalton, 94, of Swannanoa, passed away Monday, December 4, 2017.

Mr. Dalton was born October 12, 1923 in McDowell County to the late Rev. Barney and Katherine Davis Dalton. He worked for McMurray Chevrolet and he was the owner and operator of the Amoco and Gulf Gas Station’s in Black Mountain. Albert was of the Baptist faith, a good Christian man, and loved working in his garden.

In addition to his parents, Albert is preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Camilla Dalton; sisters, Ollie Burgin, Evelyn Height, Hettie Bartlett, and Lessie Wagner; brothers, Arthur Dalton, Sherman Dalton, Willard Dalton; granddaughter, Jania Danee Padgett; and grandson, Trent Edward Dalton.

Albert is survived by his daughter, Juanita Padgett and husband, Bob, of Black Mountain; son, James Edward “Jim” Dalton and wife, Margaret, of Black Mountain; grandchildren, Wayne Padgett (Margie), Steve Padgett (Misty), Nathan Padgett (Susan), Chris Dalton, Teresa Sisk and Jania Wilson (Justin); great-grandchildren, Brandon, Brittany, Colby, Alexa, Allie, Jordan, Kaine, Erin, and Abby; and great- great-grandchildren, Titus  and Toby.  

The family received friends Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from noon to 1 p.m. at Harwood Home for Funerals with a Celebration of Life Service immediately following with Rev. Randy Gregg and Rev. Jason Queen officiating.  Burial followed at 2 p.m. at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.

Flowers are accepted and appreciated. Memorial contributions may be made to the NC State Veterans Home, 62 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain, NC 28711.  Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals,

Charlotte Chestnutt


Charlotte June Frist Faucette Chesnutt always danced gracefully on the breeze, and on December 5, 2017 this magnificent and powerful butterfly joyfully fluttered home to be with her Lord. Charlotte was born on March 4, 1938 in Starkville, Mississippi, and she was welcomed into a family of faith, love and laughter, a family filled with characters and interesting stories.

She adored her father, Rev. Dr. John Chester “Chet” Frist, Sr., and was in awe of her mother, Lois Elizabeth “Betty” Ferran Frist Myer. After a few years in Starkville, Charlotte’s family moved to Tampa, FL and then Mobile, AL. Her father was a beloved Presbyterian minister, and her mother a strong Christian Educator, pianist, writer and speaker.

The family spent their summers in Moorefield, WV and in Montreat, NC where she and all three of her siblings, Jane Elizabeth Frist, Dr. John Chester Frist, Jr, and Thomas Ferran Frist had adventures and developed lifelong friends.

After Charlotte graduated high school from Peace College, she attended Southwestern College (now Rhodes College), University of Florida and Presbyterian School of Christian Education (now Union Presbyterian Seminary). It was at PSCE that she met her first husband, Rev. James Robert Faucette who was in seminary across the street. Charlotte and Jim were married in Montreat, NC in 1961, and together they lived in Martinsville, VA, Richmond, VA, Louisville, KY, Houston, TX and La Porte, TX.

Also together they raised their 3 children, Robert Chester Faucette (Mary), Jane Elizabeth Faucette Moore (Randy) and Thomas James Faucette (Mindi). Charlotte and Jim spent their 26 years together loving their children, serving the church, studying history, gardening and fighting for racial, social and environmental justice. Charlotte was a lover of both righteousness and beauty, and her many years as an artist reflect her warm and caring heart, her refined eye and her zest for life.

Charlotte’s first husband, Jim, died of cancer in 1987 and was buried in his hometown of Bristol, TN. Charlotte met and married her second husband, Rev. John Calvin Chesnutt in 1989. They lived together in Montgomery, AL until they retired to Montreat, NC in 1996. Calvin’s four adult children, John Chesnutt (Julie), Tom Chesnutt (Paula Fitzgerald), Maggie Chesnutt (Bill Goolsby) and Carol Chesnutt (Paul Winer) and their children became an important part of Charlotte’s life.

A granddaughter, daughter and wife of two Presbyterian ministers, Charlotte was also an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church USA. Charlotte’s life included many jobs such as mom, realtor, kindergarten teacher, Christian educator, volunteer coordinator and many others, but primarily she spent her life connecting with those around her in a deep and meaningful way and volunteering with her church and community. She loved her friends and family, and she had a profound faith in God.

Enjoying Charlotte in heaven are her grandparents, parents, first husband, aunts, uncles, several sisters-in law and brothers-in-law and many other beloved friends and relatives. Surviving her, celebrating her life here on earth, and still cherishing her are Charlotte’s husband, Calvin, her three siblings and their spouses (Jillian and Clare), sisters-in-law Lenoir Faucette Dinga and Brownie Faucette (Sally), her children and step children and their spouses, her own Faucette grandchildren: Avery, Ryan, Ramsey and Phoebe, her Chesnutt grandchildren: Dara, Jefferson, Jonathan, Taylor, Henry, Philip, Chase, and many beloved nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins and precious friends.

Charlotte will be remembered and honored at a celebration of life service at Montreat Presbyterian Church in Anderson Auditorium at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2018.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made in her honor to the Presbytery of WNC Building H.O.P.E. Campaign via Montreat Presbyterian Church 664-9212, PO Box 577, Montreat, North Carolina 28757), Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry (101 N Ridgeway Ave, Black Mountain, NC 28711), or Montreat Conference Center (PO Box 969, Montreat, NC 28757).

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Givens Highland Farms, Cheshire Fitness Center, Cancer Care of WNC and CarePartners Hospice for the tender and loving care they showed Charlotte. During her extended illness, they helped Charlotte continue to land gently on bright blossoms, lift and wave her colorful wings, and twirl and spin delicately in the breeze. Charlotte was created by God. She is forgiven, loved and free.

Charles Hartshorn


Charles Hartshorn, 92, of Ridgecrest, passed away December 5, 2017.

Charles was born February 21, 1925 in Lewisville, Ohio to the late Chauncey and Nellie Hartshorn.

Mr. Hartshorn enjoyed gardening, traveling and meeting new people. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Black Mountain.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Eileen Stevens.

Charles is survived by his wife of 72 years, Betty Hartshorn; children, Phil, Carol, Kenny, and Marilyn; siblings, Don Hartshorn and Carolyn Kindle; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 11:00am at First Baptist Church, Black Mountain. Burial will be in Mountain View Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church.

Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals.

Taylor Dawn Fisher

Black Mountain

Taylor Dawn Fisher, born July 23, 1993, passed over into Heaven and became one of God’s Angels on December 3, 2017. Taylor was 24 years old and had battled Cystic Fibrosis (CF) all her life. Taylor did not let CF define who she was. She had a successful double lung transplant on May 28, 2016.

Due to unforeseen complications, Taylor required a second double lung transplant on November 29, 2017. She fought very hard but was unable to overcome the trauma her body had endured. Taylor’s Dad Daryl, Mom Kim, Brother Parker, and Finance’ Cody were with Taylor as she passed over into God’s Kingdom. The family would like to Thank family friend and Pastor Chris Tuttle for being there to assist as Taylor transitioned.

Taylor was a native of the Black Mountain/ Swannanoa Valley area and was a member of the Black Mountain Presbyterian Church. She attended the area public schools and graduated from Owen High School in 2011. Taylor began playing softball following her kindergarten year. She continued playing recreation league softball, middle school fastpitch softball, travel fastpitch softball and through high school fastpitch softball. One could say fastpitch softball was Taylor’s passion. Taylor pitched mostly and played infield as well. She achieved many wins, won many awards and was part of Owen High School’s winning of four consecutive Southern Highlands Conference Championships.

Taylor is survived by father R. Daryl Fisher, mother Kimberly Hall Fisher, brother Parker Fisher, and Fiance’ Cody Lail. There will be a Celebration of Life Service for Taylor on Saturday December 9th, 2017 at 11:00 am at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church located at 117 Montreat Road in Black Mountain, NC 28711. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. The family also requests attendees wear something purple in support of Cure Cystic Fibrosis and/or green in support of Organ Donation.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to one or both of the following charities. The UNC Hospital Transplant Clinic is in support of the Jason Ray Expendable Fund at The Medical Foundation of North Carolina, Inc. at 880 MLK Jr. Blvd, CB 7565 in Chapel Hill, NC 27514, phone: 984-974-5100. The second charity is Eblen Charities at 50 Westgate Parkway in Asheville, NC 28806 or through the website

Rita Suzanne Frey Yoder

Black Mountain

Rita Suzanne Frey Yoder of Black Mountain, age 75, ended her time with us on Monday, December 5, 2017 after a courageous and graceful confrontation with cancer. She was born March 31, 1942 in Pettisville, Ohio, the daughter of the late Ernest and Mabel Frey.

She earned degrees from Wittenberg University and the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. She lived and worked five years in Africa (the Congo, Gabon, Burundi/Rwanda) and seven in France. After retirement she volunteered regularly and enthusiastically in state and national parks as well as in France and Colombia. In every situation she created inviting and comfortable home spaces whatever the conditions.

Suzanne was an artist, homemaker, creator of original greeting cards, teacher, cultivator of blueberries, flower arranger, librarian, weaver, student of the Enneagram, pianist and drummer. She offered a variety of workshops— in the enneagram, weaving, journaling, celebration creation, tapestry and trauma healing.

Throughout her life she had many interests, especially in psychology and religion, the process of forgiveness, family dynamics, wildlife, human and animal behavior, conflict resolution, caring for the earth, peace and justice issues, in cultural differences and in learning how to walk humbly with God. She made voluminous notes and collected quotes and pictures relating to each of these areas. If she had chosen animal totems, they would have been the leopard for its elusiveness and observational skills and/or the sentinel topi standing alert on a hillock in the Serengeti, eyes open for predators. And though she savored life, she envisioned her death as liberation, evoking the image of a heron rising from murky waters. Always a seeker, she found deep meaning and encouragement for life’s journey by worshipping in many different religious settings, most recently with the Disciples of Christ in Black Mountain and the Circle of Mercy in Asheville.

Among the last words that Suz spoke was the phrase “crossing the border.”

We don’t know exactly what she was thinking, but she crossed many borders throughout her life. Border crossing meant adventure, learning about a new culture, speaking a different language, trying new foods, struggling to adapt, accepting different ways of doing things, understanding more about herself through new experiences, and then jotting down notes and collecting pictures to organize her reflections into an album. She has dozens of albums chock full of quotes, lists, ideas, poems, and pictures.

She always recognized that boundaries are important for psychological health. They help us know who we are. With an artist’s eye, what interested her were rivers, doors, windows, and fences. Rivers to separate but also to encourage forward movement. Doors to facilitate communication and escape. Windows to allow the Enneagram #5 in her to observe without being seen. Fences to mark and preserve identities.

But borders and doors for Suzanne were never designed for keeping others out. People from all walks of life came through the doors of her heart and home. Guests often remarked upon the serenity of her home and openness of her welcome.

Over the years she reflected frequently about crossing the final border, preparing a fat notebook with articles about death and dying, about living a life with purpose, about appropriate obituaries and celebrations of a person’s journey on this earth. She often said that perhaps the best way to move from this life to the next is simply to walk off alone into a blizzard as a traditional Eskimo woman might have done, but she also recognized that a ceremony would allow friends and family to come together for celebration.

She has always known that crossing the last border provides the opportunity for finally understanding the great mysteries of life. She believed that our attempts to define God are all very limiting and often erroneous, but that God is love and will welcome us with open arms as we cross the final border whatever the nature of our passport.

Suzanne composed the following words on Friday, 25 October, 1996 while she and Lauren were working in Burundi, accepting that there in the civil conflict they faced some risk of death:

“What would I like people to be able to say of me?

‘Her hospitality was gracious and warm. The neat little house, garden, along with paths in the woods provided rest and beauty. She delighted in affirming her guests’ interests with books, pictures, articles. She was creative with tasty French, African and Caribbean meals.

She regularly offered workshops in journal writing on spiritual and emotional subjects. She sent little notes of love and messages of encouragement in hand-made personal cards, always decorated by hand.

Although she loved her own home best, she would sacrifice a year now and then to serve in other places.

She was most comfortable with a scarf around her head and in hiking boots, but would dress up on occasion’”

Suzanne is survived by her husband Lauren Yoder of Black Mountain, her son Reinald Yoder (spouse Christine) of Decatur, Georgia, and daughter Jocelyn Weddington (spouse Benn) of Mooresville, North Carolina. Her grandchildren are Samantha, Caleb, Aaron and Abby. She has two great-granddaughters: Raegan and Makaela. Her three sisters are Glenda Mast (spouse Leon) of Springfield, Ohio, Marilyn Kay (spouse David) of Urbana, Illinois, and Linda Shank (spouse Richard) of Charlottesville, Virginia.

The family is being served by Penland Family Funeral Home in Swannanoa, and a celebration of Suzanne’s life will be held at 2:30 Saturday, December 9 at the First Christian Church of Black Mountain. Those who are able to join the family are encouraged to wear color, and perhaps a scarf and a hat.

Memorials may be sent either to the Mennonite Central Committee of Akron, Pennsylvania, the agency with which the Yoders volunteered when teaching in the Congo and doing relief, development and peace-building work in Burundi and Rwanda or the Keever Solace Center in Asheville, North Carolina where Suzanne (et nous aussi) received such comforting, professional care.

Eva Burleson Hall

Black Mountain

Eva Burleson Hall, 92, of Black Mountain passed away Thursday, December 7, 2017.

  Mrs. Hall was born May 17, 1925 in Mitchell County to the late Ed and Bessie Grindstaff Burleson and lived most of her life in Buncombe County.  She enjoyed walking and reading her Bible.  Eva was a member of Homer’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. 

  In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Mallie Hall.

  Mrs. Hall is survived by her children, Ricky Hall (Carmella), Douglas Hall (Kathy), Bobby Hall (Regina), Leon Hall (Betty), Timmy Hall (Mary), Vanessa Ulrich (Edward), and Johnny Hall (Teri); 14 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

  A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 2:30pm at Homer’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. 

  The family will receive friends Saturday from 1:00pm to 2:30pm prior to the service at the church.   

  Burial will be in Mountain View Memorial Park.

  Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals.

Wester Lominac

Black Mountain

Wester Lou Ellen Sneed Lominac, 93, of Black Mountain, passed away December 4, 2017.

She was born November 8, 1924 in Buncombe County to the late Ed H. and Gertrude Smith Sneed.  Wester was of the Presbyterian faith.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brothers, Alvin Sneed, Monie Sneed, Gene Sneed, and Ervin Sneed.

Wester is survived by her daughters, Beth Blaine of Weaverville, NC, Gwen Hogue (Marion) of Miles City, MT, and Audrey Dotson (Ronnie) of Black Mountain; sister, Georgia Hudgins; grandchildren, Joseph Blaine, Miles Blaine (Suzy), Dan Hogue, and Carl Hogue; and great grandchildren, Anna Blaine, Ester Blaine, Lydia Blaine, Naomi Blaine, Kasha Hogue, and Clyde Hogue.

The family will receive friends Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at Harwood Home for Funerals with a Celebration of Life Service immediately following with Ronnie Sneed officiating.

Burial will be in Mountain View Memorial Park. Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals.