July 5 Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley

Black Mountain News
Helen Hall

Helen Thomas Hall


  Helen Thomas Hall, 102, formerly of Swannanoa, NC, went to her heavenly home on June 29, 2018 at Flesher’s Assisted Living in Fairview, NC. She was born in Cleveland, TN on March 21, 1916. She was the daughter of the late Rev. LeRoy Thomas and Molly Hicks Thomas and was a beloved daughter, sister, wife and mother.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Curtis Clyde Hall (Ike), who died in 2001; brother, Donald Thomas; sister, Jessie Ruth Kirby; two sisters in childhood; son-in-law, Roy Daniel Metcalf; daughter-in-law, Elva Sheldon Hall; and infant granddaughter, Molly Hall.

  She was a 1933 graduate of Swannanoa High School and attended Mars Hill College and UNCA.  Helen was a founding and charter member of Buckeye Baptist Church where she served as pianist, WMU leader and numerous other positions for most of her adult life.  She was a founding and charter member of Buckeye Cove Community Club where she served as president, beautification chairman and other positions.

  She was instrumental in the funding of ABCCM and Manna FoodBank, including its biblical name. Helen was an active and adventurous person, she and Ike drove to Alaska after retirement, camping along the way.

  Helen is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Henry (Frank) of Mills River, NC; sons, Curt Hall (Judy) of Knoxville, TN, Ted Hall (Marlene) of Nakina, NC, David Hall (Libby) of Avon Park, FL, and Jon Hall (Pam) of Asheville, NC; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Quinton Thomas (Janet) of Asheville, NC; and sister-in-law, Betty Thomas.

  A funeral service was Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Buckeye Baptist Church, Swannanoa, NC. Officiating pastors are the Reverends Mike Cribbs, Stanley Taylor, Judson Rotan and James Lamb.  The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church.  A graveside service was held Monday, July 1, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Ashelawn Gardens of Memory, Asheville, NC.

  Flowers are welcome, but if you would like to make a contribution to a cause Helen avidly worked toward, that of relieving world hunger, please consider Mission Haiti, PO Box 96, Swannanoa, NC 28778 or Heifer International, PO Box 8058, Little Rock, AR 72203.  Arrangements are in the care of Harwood Home for Funerals,

Amanda Beth “Mandy” Morris

Black Mountain

Amanda Beth “Mandy” Morris, 34, of Black Mountain passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at the John F. Keever, Jr. Solace Center in Asheville. 

Born on February 1, 1984 in South Boston, VA, she was a daughter of Michael K. Morris and Dianne W. Morris of Hurdle Mills, NC.  She was a graduate of Person High School in Roxboro, NC.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her siblings, Kristina M. Morris of Hurdle Mills, NC, and Henry H. Crenshaw III of Oak Level, VA; nephew, Austin Crenshaw; and niece, Savannah Crenshaw. 

A celebration of Amanda’s life will be held at a later date.  The family would like to thank the staff at Mission Hospitals and at the John F. Keever, Jr. Solace Center. Memorials may be made to the Rathbun Center at  Condolences may be made to the family at