Oct. 18 Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley

Black Mountain News

Duane Jennings

Black Mountain

Duane Jennings

U. Duane Jennings, age 84, passed away unexpectedly Sept. 29, 2018, at his home in Laurel Ridge, Black Mountain. He was born at home on July 3, 1934 in Pierce, Colorado to the late Uel and Ruby McConnell Jennings.

Duane was a graduate of P.S. duPont High School, Wilmington, DE, Lehigh University, and Cornell University (PhD Mechanical Engineering). He worked for the Dupont Company in Wilmington, DE, Kinston, NC, and Chattanooga, TN, focusing on textile fiber research. Duane retired from Dupont in 1984 and did a number of different jobs, with most of his time at Nova Technology. Over the years, he received over 10 U.S. patents for spinning and winding yarn.

Duane met his wife Carole in high school. They were married June 14, 1958 in Wilmington, DE soon after Carole’s college graduation. Together they helped those in need in their community and supported missionaries serving around the world. They also enjoyed traveling; especially places with mountains and snow. Duane loved fixing things, running with his dog and hiking. He and Carole held leadership positions in several churches. Duane was attending Christ Community Church in Montreat, NC at the time of his passing.

He is survived by two sons: Don Jennings (Linda) of Fredericksburg, VA, and Keith Jennings (Cathy) of Hixson, TN; two granddaughters: Christina Jennings Lo (Jimmy) of Manassas, VA, and Brianne Jennings Hager (Travis) of Hixson, TN; and two great-grandsons:  Bryson Hager and Micah Lo. Duane also leaves behind two brothers: Don Jennings of Hendersonville, NC and Garry Jennings of Wilmington, DE, as well as several cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nephews and great-nieces.

Duane was preceded in death by his father, Uel Jennings; his mother, Ruby McConnell Jennings; and his bride of almost 59 years, Carole Spring Seidel Jennings.

A memorial service was held Oct. 13, at the Laurel Ridge Community Lodge and a reception followed. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in honor of Duane and Carole Jennings to Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, PO Box 8195, Asheville, NC 28814.

Harwood Home for Funerals ( is assisting the family.

Jo Gallagher

Black Mountain

Elizabeth Jo Gallagher

Jo Bales Gallagher, 91 of Black Mountain, passed away Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. She was born in Morristown, Tennessee to William White Bales and Jennie Susong Bales. 

Jo earned her BA degree from Mary Baldwin College in 1948 and her music degree from East Tennessee State College.  She received the Service to Church Award from Mary Baldwin College in 2004.

She grew up in Morristown and eventually inheriting the family Chucky Bend Farm where she resided for several years after residing in Johnson City, Tennessee, Charleston, West Virginia and Kansas City, Kansas. Many summers were spent in Montreat attending or leading conferences and running the Montreat Conference Center bookstore. She worked for the national staff of the Presbyterian Church USA in Atlanta, Georgia and Louisville, Kentucky and was a driving force on the Committee on Women’s Concerns. 

Jo then moved to Richmond, Virginia where she was instrumental in establishing the network of Presbyterian Resource Centers across the denomination. She established the Resource Center Subscription program that provided denominational resources to centers and again, was the driving force behind the establishment of the Ecumenical Resource Center Gathering and later the National Training Center for Resource Center Directors at Union Theological Seminary. Most important to Jo was connecting the faithful to Palestine, the cradle of Christianity, Judaism and Islam, raising awareness on the issues in the region and the Palestinian conflict. Her work helped set the foundation for those involved in or benefiting from Resource Center Ministry.

Jo moved to Black Mountain in 2006 where she began her work with the Presbytery of Western North Carolina, resourcing churches in the presbytery and advocating for a more state-of-the- art resource center. She spent countless hours fundraising, securing volunteers, inventorying and establishing an online program for resources. She was instrumental in getting the Resource Center moved from the Presbytery offices in Morganton to Montreat, where it could be better utilized by Presbytery’s members.

Much time was dedicated to this task, and as a small thank you, upon achievement of this move, in July 2012 the center was justly renamed “The Jo Bales Gallagher Resource Center.” Jo’s service didn’t stop with the completion of the move.

She aptly trained directors and volunteers, selected resources for the center and its users, wrote grants and articles, chaired, co-chaired, and then served as a consultant to the Resource Center Task Force. She also served as liaison to the Christian Education Committee of Presbytery. Jo continued to be the most faithful financial contributor to the center until its closing last year.

Her passion, focus and dedication in life was to bring light and attention to those involved in conflict and those subjected to injustices through promoting civil and human rights, dignity and advocating for peace among all people.  This was carried out by her relentless work leading educational tours to Haiti, Africa and the Middle East, co-producing many educational videos and attending and speaking at NGO conferences in NYC, Copenhagen, Brussels and Geneva.

She loved the NC and Switzerland mountains, symphonic and choral music, preserving heritage, endless conversations with old and new acquaintances and time with her family.

Jo is survived by sons Clark Gallagher of Branson, MO, David Gallagher of Memphis, TN and daughter and son in-law Jennie and Chafin Rhyne of Asheville, NC; grandsons Austin and Cutter Gallagher, along with a brother and sister in-law Bill and Marylynn Bales of Morristown, TN and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial and celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at the Montreat Presbyterian Church in the Upper Anderson Auditorium, Lookout Road, Montreat. 

In lieu of flowers, the family request that you donate to or The family would also appreciate if friends would write and share memories of Jo:  60 North Market Street, Unit 605 Asheville, NC 28801. Penland Family Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Gallagher Family. The online memorial register is available at

Archie Pertiller, Sr. 

Black Mountain

Archie Pertiller, Sr.

Archie C. Pertiller, Sr., 83, of Black Mountain passed away Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018.

Mr. Pertiller was born June 1, 1935 in Buncombe County to the late James and Bessie Stepp Pertiller. He graduated from Stephens Lee High School and was a Deacon of Mills Chapel Baptist Church. 

Archie was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and retired after 30 years from the Julian F. Keith Alcohol & Drug Treatment Center. He was an auxiliary member of the Black Mountain Police Department and a founding member of the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministries. Archie was an avid sports fan and nature watcher. 

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sisters, Ann Pertiller and Pearl Lynch and brother, Ed Pertiller.

Mr. Pertiller is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Joyce Moore Pertiller; sons, Archie Pertiller, Jr (Angela),  Arthur Pertiller (Kimberly) and Bobby Hill (Ilene); sisters, Myra Pertiller, Mary Owens, and Barbara Hawkins; brother, Charles Pertiller; grandchildren, Jennifer Berry, Melanie Scales, Adrienne Weir (Stephen), Renee Vessels (Jim), Machelle Gamble, Arlisa Pertiller, Arthur C. Pertiller, Jr., Sophia Pertiller and Maggie Pertiller; 17 great grandchildren; special Goddaughters and Godson, Margaret Stafford, Sheila Showers, Kelly Penncy, Martha Carpenter, and Keith Sherrill.

A Celebration of Life Service was held Oct. 11, at Mills Chapel Baptist Church. Rev. Bobby Hill officiated. Burial was in the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.

Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals (

Addison Judson Rotan


Addison Judson Rotan

Reverend A. Judson Rotan, 82, of Asheville, was welcomed into the arms of his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2018, following complications from surgery at Mission Hospital. He was born February 2, 1936 in Albemarle, to the late Reverend Zemma William Rotan and Lela Aldridge Rotan.

His early childhood and teenage years were spent in locations where his parents were serving in churches: Greensboro, Concord, Gastonia and Enka Village – near Asheville. He graduated from Sand Hill High School (Buncombe Co.); attended Mars Hill College (University); and graduated from Carson-Newman College. After which he received a degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was ordained to the gospel ministry and served eighteen years as a pastor to five churches from the coast to the mountains of North Carolina.

In 1977 he became a Director of Missions for the Randolph Baptist Association, Asheboro, where he served for twenty-four years until his retirement in 2001. Since that time, he had several interim pastorates. In 2005 he and his wife moved to Asheville and came out of retirement to pastor Buckeye Baptist Church, Swannanoa for six years, until he retired a second time in June 2012. He served a total of fifty-four years in Christian Ministry. Even in retirement he continued to serve in the life of his church (First Baptist Church, Asheville), as deacon, on committees, and mission projects.

Rev. Rotan is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Gwendolyn Ezzell (Whiteville, NC); son, Kenneth E. Rotan & Jennifer (wife); daughter, Beverly R. Buffaloe & Daniel (husband); sister, Gloria R. Keown; brother, William E. Rotan; five grandchildren: Kristina, Katherine, Jackson Rotan and Andrew, Justin Buffaloe; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Celebration of Life memorial service will be Saturday, October 13, 2018, 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Asheville. A reception will follow in the church dining hall. He will be inurned in the Sacred Gardens of First Baptist Church in a private service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Samaritan’s Purse, c/o Hurricane Florence Relief, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC  28607.

Harwood Home for Funerals ( is assisting the family. 

Marshall Garland

Black Mountain

Marshall Garland

Marshall Clayton Garland, age 72, President and CEO of Marshall C. Garland and Son, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 10.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Patterson Garland; children, Nathaniel Garland, Blk Mtn, and David (Laura) Trout, Sevierville, TN; grandchildren, William & Maddie Trout, Sevierville, TN, and Jennifer Garland, North Charleston, SC; brother, Lindsay Garland, Blk Mtn; and niece, Elizabeth Garland, Fletcher, NC.

A celebration service will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, with visitation at 10 a.m. and service at 11 a.m. at Black Mountain United Methodist Church, 101 Church St.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Western Carolina Rescue Ministries, 225 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801.

Harwood Home for Funerals ( is assisting the family. 

Ruth Suttles


Ruth Suttles

Ruth Jane Suttles, 89, of Swannanoa passed away Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018.

Mrs. Suttles was a member of Swannanoa Heights Missionary Baptist Church. 

Ruth was the daughter of the late Burgin and Emma Capps McIntosh and wife of the late Billy Cline.

She is also preceded in death by her loving and devoted husband of 60 years, Clarence Suttles; son, Bryan Lee Suttles; sisters, O’Neal, Mae, and Virginia; and brother, Lloyd.

Ruth is survived by her sons, Stephen Cline (Sheila) and Michael Suttles (Geri) all of Aiken, SC; brother, Harold McIntosh (Ann); grandchildren, Brent Cline, Matt Cline, Megan Suttles, Hailey Suttles, and Jacob Suttles; and eight great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Service was held Oct. 7, at Swannanoa Heights Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Bruce Robinson and Preacher Robert James officiating.  Burial was in Sky View Memorial Park.

A special thanks to the nurses, CNA’s, and staff at Asheville Health Care Center for the loving care they gave to both Ruth and Clarence when they were residents at AHCC.

Deep appreciation to her church family. Their loving care and faithfulness to Ruth and Clarence through the extended illnesses are a tribute to their faith and love for one another and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals (