June 28 Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley

Black Mountain News
Ken Curtis

Ken Curtis

Black Mountain

Maynard Kenneth “Ken” Curtis, 74, of 12 Alpine Shadow Lane, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 17, 2018 at the NC State Veterans Home.

   A lifelong resident of Buncombe County, he retired as a former insurance salesman and mail carrier for the US Post Office. He was a 1963 graduate of AC Reynolds High School and served in the US Army during the Vietnam War.

   Mr. Curtis was a son of the late Maynard and Pat Curtis and was also preceded in death by his sister, Patsy Curtis, brother, Dean Curtis and sister-in-law, Lisa Curtis.

   Surviving are his sister, Wanda Roland with whom he made his home; brother, Sonny Curtis of Asheville; nieces, Patsy and Amy; nephews, Tracy, Bill, Robert and Brandon; great-nieces, Bryleigh and Anna Grace and great-nephew, Cooper.

   Memorial Services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 22, 2018 in the chapel of the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery with Rev. Tim Earwood officiating. Military honors were conducted by the NC National Guard. To sign Mr. Curtis’ guestbook online, go to “Memorials” at

Joseph Granville Heflin

Joseph Granville Heflin


Joseph Granville Heflin, formerly of Asheville, passed away at the Blue Ridge Health and Rehabilitation Center in Hendersonville, NC, on June 13, 2018, at the age of 72. He was born in Norfolk, VA, on November 13, 1945, to Aubrey Newbill Heflin and Virginia Simmerman Heflin.

Joe attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Richmond, VA, and in 1967 he graduated, with Phi Beta Kappa honors, from Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College). Subsequently he earned an M.A. in Applied Linguistics at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and also served as a Teaching Associate at UCLA.

His dedication to peace and justice is reflected in his employment history, which included Counselor with the Neighborhood Youth Corps in Memphis, TN; Executive Director, Quaker Center International in Paris, France; Probation Officer at the Inner London (Eng.) Probation and After-Care service; Research Analyst with Community Planners, Inc., Laredo, TX; ESL Teacher, Refugee Language School, San Antonio, TX; Staff, Rural Southern Voice for Peace, Celo Community, NC.

Joseph is survived by his wife of thirteen years, Sonia Rincon Heflin, and their son, Luis Andres Heflin, both of Portland, Oregon; stepsons Sergio Leon Scales and Thomas Arthur Scales;  and his sister, Ellen H. Ramsey (George) of Davidson, NC.

A memorial service will be held on July 5 at 10:30 a.m., in the Memorial Garden in Montreat, NC. Memorial gifts may be made to the Montreat Conference Center, Montreat, NC; the Southern Poverty Law Center, Montgomery, AL; or a charity of the donor's choosing.