Oct. 4 Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley

Black Mountain News

Jack Spencer


Jack Spencer

Mr. Jack Spencer, husband, father, grandfather, and brother, passed away on his 67th birthday, Wednesday, Sept. 19, surrounded by his family. Jack will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 38 years, Susan; by his children, Ginny, Stuart, and Andy, by his grandchildren, Annelise and Jackson; and his siblings, Margie, Sallie, and David.

Jack was a native of Rock Hill, a lifelong Gamecock fan, and graduated from Winthrop University. He was owner of the renowned Perry's BBQ in Black Mountain, NC where he lived with his family before retiring to Charlotte. Jack documented his final journey at:

A graveside service was held Sept. 24, at Laurelwood Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 9:00 until 10:30 am, Monday at Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel, 2133 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732.
A celebration of life service will take place in Black Mountain, NC at St. James Episcopal Church, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 at 2 p.m.

Memorial donations in memory of Jack can be made to Arts and Health at Duke University Hospital, 200 Trent Drive, Baker House Room 295, Durham, NC 27710 .
Condolences may be made at

Bob Martin

Black Mountain

William R. "Bob" Martin, Jr.

On Sept. 7, William R. "Bob" Martin, Jr. peacefully passed away in his home at Highland Farms in Black Mountain. 

His journey over 84 years took Bob from his home in Welsh, Louisiana to the Citadel, Davidson College and Union Theological Seminary.  He was a minister in the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) for 41 years. Bob served as Dean of Students at Union Theological Seminary (Richmond, Virginia) for four years prior to moving his family to New Jersey to join the Fund for Theological Education, where his contributions and dedication resulted in his role as Executive Director for 12 years. 

Returning to his passion, Bob then joined St. Andrews Presbyterian College as college pastor, served as an interim pastor at St. Stephens Presbyterian Church in Ft. Worth, Texas, then completed his working career as pastor at Pine Shores Presbyterian Church in Sarasota, Florida.  

Throughout his professional life, he was a part of ground-breaking work across ethnic, gender, and denominational lines in theological education in North America.  Also, Bob valued the opportunity of being co-founder of the American Summer Institute in St. Andrews, Scotland with theologian, William Barclay.  Bob’s passions included travel (24 countries and all 50 states), golf, gardening, storytelling, piano, and eating crawfish etoufee.

Left with precious memories are his wife, Billie; son Rob and his wife Doreen; son Timothy and his wife Phyllis; and two grandchildren Cali and Bobby.

Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service for Bob at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, at Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church and College Chapel, 101 Chapel Drive, Swannanoa, NC 28778.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in honor of Bob may be made to either Union Presbyterian Seminary- Bob Martin Memorial, 3401 Brook Road, Richmond, VA 23227 or The Pastoral Internship Program at Laurinburg Presbyterian Church, 600 West Church Street, Laurinburg, NC 28352.

Penland Family Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Martin Family. The online memorial register is available at

Barbara Schaefer

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Barbara Schaefer

Barbara Schaefer passed away peacefully on Sept. 25, 2018 in Ann Arbor, Michigan surrounded by family and loved ones. Barbara was born on Jan. 23, 1931 in Bronx, New York, to Moe and Lillian Kalisch. 

In 1945 her family relocated to Miami Beach, Fl where she met Leonard Schaefer, her husband of 63 years. Barbara and Leonard raised their family of five children in North Miami Beach, Fl.  

After the birth of her last child at the age of 39, she decided to pursue her true passion in the medical field by going back to school for nursing. She received a BSN from Barry University and a MSN from the University of Miami. Barbara began her nursing career at Cedars Medical Center in Miami, Fl quickly rising to head nurse of the OB/GYN and Oncology floors. Barbara’s dedication and passion to patient care became evident in her work and resulted in her placement in several management roles.  Barbara rose to the position of Administrator of Nursing for Golden Glades Hospital where she continued her commitment to patient care.

Upon retiring Barbara and Leonard moved to Black Mountain, where she began a new stage in her life involving relaxation and new friends. Being the energetic, giving individual she was known for, she quickly became bored with a life of relaxation. Barbara again went back to what she knew best, which was nursing.

She began teaching at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College instilling her values and passion for patient care to her young aspiring nursing students. Barbara remained teaching until the young age of 85.  She continued her charitable work by joining the Kiwanis organization working in their store two days a week. Barbara loved socializing and enjoyed cooking and baking for her neighbors and friends. She always expressed how blessed she was for the family she had and all the wonderful friends in her life.

Barbara is survived by her four children, Stephanie, Keith (Noemi), Merek (Shawn), Mathew (Debbie) and seven grandchildren, “who she couldn’t brag enough about,” Brittany, Allison, Brendan, Aaron, Ryan, Robert and Jonah.