March 15 Obituaries

Black Mountain News
Sammy Stewart

Sammy Stewart


 Sammy Stewart, 63, of Hendersonville, went home to be with the Lord and his two children, Colin and Alicia, on March 2, 2018.

  Originally from Swannanoa, Sammy was born October 28, 1954 to the late Samuel Stewart, Sr. and Mary Faye Stewart.

  Sammy graduated from Charles D. Owen High School in 1973. He signed with the Baltimore Orioles on June 15, 1975 and played in the Majors for 10 years. Sammy set a Major League world record with the Baltimore Orioles that is still held today. He played in two World Series with the Baltimore Orioles and one World Series with the Boston Red Sox. Baseball was Sammy’s passion, and he used it to mentor and coach youth.

  Other loves of Sammy include hunting, fishing, cooking and music. It could be said of him that Sammy was always the life of the party.  Sammy was a member of Living Water Church in Hendersonville. He was a larger than life character who couldn’t go a day without a smile. He never met a stranger.

  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his children, Colin Stewart and Alicia Stewart Allen.

  Sammy is survived by his wife, Cherie Stewart; sons, Ryan Stewart and Christian Stewart; sisters, Linda Banks (Mike) and Judy Terra; former wife, Peggy Stewart; niece and nephews, Julie Eskander, Mike Banks, Brian Banks, and Jonathan Woods; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; and his dog, Rhett. He is also survived by a community that loved him dearly, including coaches, teammates, and the Baltimore Orioles Alumni Association.

  A Celebration of Sammy’s Life will be Friday, March 16, 2018 at 6 p.m. in the Chapel of Harwood Home for Funerals with Pastor Tony Birkhead officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 4600 Park Road, Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28209.

  The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the funeral home.  Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals,

Trilby H. Blankenship

Black Mountain

Trilby H. Blankenship, 90, of Black Mountain passed away Monday, March 5, 2018.

  Mrs. Blankenship was born March 17, 1927 in Buncombe County to the late Gayles Hudgins and Dollie Padgett.  She retired from Kearfott with over 30 years of service and was a member of Kerlee Heights Missionary Baptist Church.

  In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Murphy Blankenship and son, Jack Blankenship.

  Trilby is survived by her daughter, Debbie Wilson (Vernon) of Sevierville, TN; sisters, Camilla Burnett and Mary Sneed both of Black Mountain; brothers, Albert Padgett of Spartanburg, SC and Robert Padgett of Black Mountain; and two grandchildren, Chad Wilson and David Blankenship.

  A Celebration of Life Service were held Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. in the chapel of Harwood Home for Funerals with Rev. Kenneth Rhinehart and Rev. Charles Duyck officiating.  The family received friends from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday prior to the service time.  Burial followed in the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery. Arrangements are by Harwood Home for Funerals.

Ann Gray

Ann Grace Gray

Black Mountain

Ann Grace Gray, 73, of Black Mountain, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday morning, February 13th. Ann was in the comfort of her home, surrounded by family. For those who were blessed to know her, Ann will be remembered for her contagious love for the Lord, made manifest in her attentive spirit, easy going nature and warm smile — of which she gave freely.

A native of NJ, Ann met her best friend and beloved husband, John, while attending Monmouth College in 1964. In the time that followed, Ann would go on to raise three children, enjoy time mentoring the youth at her church home, and excel in a 20-year career with Pier 1 Imports. Ann and her late husband John retired to NC in 2006.

Ann’s first priority throughout her entire life was family and community. She took note of life’s seemingly smallest and mundane details — not because she had to, but because she truly valued them all. One of her greatest gifts was instilling and upholding traditions, always centered around people gathering together. Ann had a welcoming spirit and saw no other way but to celebrate life daily.

Ann is preceded in heaven by her husband John, who passed away in 2008. She will be dearly missed by her son, Christopher, daughter and son-in-law Joanna and Russ, and daughter and grandson Kate and Lucas, as well as many other family members — Ann was blessed with a large and wonderful family.

Phyllis Horvitz Green

Black Mountain

Phyllis Horvitz Green, 90, of Black Mountain passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at Givens Highland Farms Healthcare Center. 

Born July 23, 1927 in Cleveland, OH, she was the daughter of the late David and Jennie Horvitz.  She was an alumnus of Youngstown State University where she received a B.S. in Social Work.  Residing in Boardman, OH for many years, she was employed by the state of Ohio’s Department of Mental Retardation. Later after relocating to the Asheville area, she worked for the Buncombe County Library System.  She was a member of both the Bridge Club and Mahjong Club of Black Mountain. 

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her spouse, Israel “Sonny” Green, and brother, Archie Horvitz.  Surviving are her daughter, Cindy Green and her spouse, Michael Price, of Black Mountain; grandchildren, Emily Moses of Old Fort, and Dylan Moses and his spouse, Katie Smith, of Huntsville, AL; and step-grandchildren, Nathan Price of Raleigh, Cory Price of Leicester, and Adalynn Price of Leicester. 

No services will be held at this time.  The family would like to offer a special thanks to the staff of Givens Highland Farms Healthcare Center for their excellent care of Mrs. Green in her final days.  Condolences may be made to the family at

Floyd Robinson

Floyd Robinson

Old Fort

   Floyd Robinson, 85, of Old Fort, went to be with the Lord, March 8, 2018.

  Mr. Robinson was born July 22, 1932 in McDowell County to the late Carl and Agnes Lanning Robinson.

  He was a member of Victory Baptist Church.  Floyd loved talking about his Lord and enjoyed studying the Bible.  He was also a member of Tim Gregg and The Happy Valley Boys and The Victory Echo’s.

  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.

  Floyd is survived by his loving wife, Coleen Hudgins Robinson; daughters, Arlene Autrey (Jimmy) of Marion and Tammy Silver (Gerald) of Swannanoa; sisters, Pauline Ollis and Elizabeth Stevens; brothers, Albert, Robert, Leroy, Ernie, and Lloyd Robinson; granddaughter, Karia Duggins (Josh) of Old Fort; great-grandson, Gavin Duggins; and many other special family members.

  The family received friends Sunday, March 11, 2018 from 1-2 p.m. at Victory Baptist Church with a Celebration of Life Service immediately following at 2 p.m. with Rev. Randy Gregg and Rev. Royce Dockery officiating.  Burial followed in Mountain View Memorial Park.  Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals.