Oct. 11 Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley

Black Mountain News

Mary "Josie" Stephenson

Black Mountain 

Mary "Josie" Stephenson

Mary B. "Josie" Stephenson, 93, of Black Mountain, passed away at her home on Sept. 27, 2018.  She was born on August 20, 1925 in Lowell, NC to the late Lucius and Ruby Blair.

Josie was married to the love of her life, Everett, in 1948 and began a journey together that spanned 68 years.  She found her greatest happiness sharing her love with her husband, sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, and numerous friends.

Josie is survived by her sons, James E. (Jim) Stephenson and wife Kim Denise Stephenson of Lilburn, GA and Joey B. Stephenson and wife Susan M. Stephenson of Black Mountain; grandchildren, Brandy S. Sullivan of Las Vegas and Tyler J. Stephenson of Peachtree Corners, GA; great-grandson, Connor Rohan Sullivan of Las Vegas; and sister, Suzie Buckner of Black Mountain.

In addition to her parents, Josie is preceded in death by her husband, Everett; son, Jerry W. Stephenson; and brother, Bobby G. Blair.

For 76 years, Josie was a member of First Baptist Church Black Mountain where she truly enjoyed caring for the children of the church as part of the Nursery Ministry.

A Celebration of Life Service was held Oct. 8 in the Chapel of Harwood Home for Funerals.

The family received friends one hour prior to the service time at the funeral home and at other times at the residence.

Burial was at a later date at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, where she will rest beside her husband Everett.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the loving care team members who helped Josie live with dignity and joy the past two years. You entered our lives as strangers and today we are honored to call you friends.

Those desiring to make a memorial contribution are encouraged to consider CarePartners Hospice, 68 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28803.

Harwood Home ( for Funerals is assisting the family.

Alvarate Patton

Black Mountain

Alvarati Patton

Alvarati Estelle Taylor Patton (Avie), 89, of Black Mountain, N. C. passed from her earthly body Oct. 2, 2018 around 6am after a slow decline with dementia.

She was born in Black Mountain on February 8, 1929, coming full circle to live in the same location of her birth until her passing. She was the seventh child of Freeman and Mollie Dotson Taylor who preceded her in death. She graduated from Black Mountain High School in 1947 and studied further at Cecil’s Business School.  After moving to Charlotte, she worked for Dept. of Commerce, Federal Census Bureau for 23 years before retirement. 

She was married for 49 years to James Benjamin Patton, Jr. who preceded her in death in 2000.

Avie had a passion for service, and some of her most treasured activities were related to her work with the Midwood Baptist Church in Charlotte and First Baptist Church in Black Mountain. A devout Christian, she served as a Deacon and designed and lovingly created the church banners displayed throughout the year in both churches. She took pride in serving and helping international students in need in her community. She especially loved gardening, music and her family.

She was a devoted mother to two children, Lori Lane Patton of Black Mountain and Keith James Patton and daughter-in-law, Betty Ann Burke Patton of Charlotte who survive. The joys of her life, her three grandchildren, Lauren Haley, Taylor Elizabeth (Liz) and Benjamin Burke Patton were always a focus of her love and devotion.

A memorial service was held to celebrate her wonderful spirit and life on Oct. 7, at First Baptist Church of Black Mountain, with a visitation following the service.

Donations in her memory may be made to First Baptist Church, 130 Montreat Road, Black Mountain, NC 28711 designated to Sanctuary Fund.

Harwood Home ( for Funerals is assisting the family.

Jill Brewer


Jill Brewer

Jill King Brewer, 67, passed away at her home in Swannanoa, with family by her side early on Oct. 3, 2018. Although her battle with cancer was short, she fought hard. It is hard for us to comprehend in this moment how we will live on without her, but we have the confidence that she is with Christ now, happy and without pain.

Mrs. Brewer shared her innate nurturing spirit and love for children through her work as a secretary and school nurse for Owen District of Buncombe County Schools.

She was the daughter of the late Wayne and Beulah King.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Don Brewer of 35 years of marriage; her daughters, Tammy Tannehill (Husband, Scott), Molly Hughes (Husband, Dan), and Rachel Rice (Husband, Jason); son, Josh Brewer (Wife, Lea); sister, Kim Bancroft (Husband, John); and 12 beautiful grandchildren.

The service was held at Harwood Home for Funerals on Oct. 5. Burial was Oct. 6 at Sky View Memorial Park.

The family received friends at the funeral home.

Flowers are acceptable and appreciated. Those desiring to make a memorial contribution are encouraged to consider Brother Wolf Animal Rescue.

The family would like to thank the staff of CarePartners Hospice for their excellent, compassionate care.

Arrangements are in the care of Harwood Home for Funerals (

Leon Banks

Black Mountain

Leon Banks

Leon Banks, age 74, of Black Mountain, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 at Mountain Ridge Health & Rehab in Black Mountain.  A native of Buncombe County, born July 29, 1944, he was the son of the late Grady and Virginia Morgan Banks.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mable T. Banks, who passed away on September 13, 2018.

Leon, who enjoyed working with wood, was known to have had a green thumb.  He loved fishing and going camping, but most of all, he loved taking care of his wife, Mable. 

Left to cherish his memories are four children; one brother; two sisters; five grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

A funeral service was held on Oct. 7, at Grove Stone Baptist Church.The family received friends prior to the service, at the church.

A graveside service was held on Oct. 8, at Sky View Memorial Park in Swannanoa. 

Beam Funeral Service & Crematory ( is assisting the Banks family. For further information and/or to sign the online guestbook, please visit our website or by calling (828) 559-8111.

Bobbie Morgan


Bobbie Morgan

Bobbie J. Morgan, 78, of Fairview, fought the fight and kept the faith and entered eternal rest on October 5, 2018. A native of Carter County, TN, Bobbie was preceded in death by his parents, William E. Morgan and Mary Belle Miller; brothers, Roger, Eddie, Johnny, and Jack; and sister, Sylvia.

Bobbie served as Deacon at Chestnut Hill Baptist Church where he was very faithful and committed for 40 years. Bob was also able to go on numerous mission trips and 34 outside the United States.

Bob retired from ABF Freight Systems after 13 years and previously was employed as a block mason. Bob volunteered at Fairview VFD and was a charter member of Garren Creek VFD for many years.

Mr. Morgan is survived by his wife of 54 years, Eva Garrison Morgan; sons, Andrew (Tammy), Phillip, and Ronnie; daughter, Elizabeth “Libby” all of Fairview; grandchildren, Kaylin, Jacob, Anna Marie, and A.J.; great grandchild, Tanner; brothers, Billy, Willie and Timmy; sisters, Wilma, Judy and Nellie; and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral service for Mr. Morgan was Oct. 3, at Chestnut Hill Baptist Church. The Rev. Ronnie Harris and Rev. Andrew Parker officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Chestnut Hill Baptist Church, Youth Mission’s Fund, 1657 Old Fort Road, Fairview, NC 28730.

Harwood Home for Funerals ( is assisting the family.