Nov. 1 Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley

Black Mountain News

Nancy Sams


Nancy Ruth Sams, 75, of Swannanoa passed away Saturday, October 20, 2018 and was reunited with her mother and sister. 

Ms. Sams was born October 16, 1943 to the late Oliver and Eileen McKinney Sams.  Nancy was an avid Tarheel fan and worked in healthcare until her retirement.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sister, Debbie Duncan.

Nancy is survived by her sister, Patty Rydell (Fred); special niece and nephew, Rhonda Duncan and Ronnie Wilson; and several great nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals (

Eleanor Robinson


Eleanor Robinson

Eleanor Rosalee Robinson, 80, of Swannanoa, finished her earthly race and stepped into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, October 21, 2018.  Eleanor was a loving daughter, sister, and aunt, as well as a “mother” to many!  

She worked for several years at Beacon Manufacturing and Charles D. Owen Manufacturing, before becoming a “nanny” to her nieces, Beth Ann and Laura.  She was a member of the Swannanoa Heights Baptist Church for over 60 years.  

She loved her family, her church, and her Lord.  Though she was quiet and unassuming, the impact that she has had on so many lives is undeniable and will testify of her for the rest of time and into eternity.

She is preceded in death by her father, B.Z. Robinson, and mother, Mabel Pauline Robinson, nephew Jimmie Dean Robinson, as well as her older brothers Jimmie Daniel Robinson and James Benjamin Robinson.  

She is survived by her sister Oleeta Marlene (Ben) Boone of Swannanoa, NC; brother Franklin Delano (Elaine) Robinson of La Marque, TX; sister Rita Arlene Gaddy of Weaverville, NC; sister Mary Elaine (Eugene) Hawkins of Swannanoa, NC; brother Hubert Lee (Brenda) Robinson of Black Mountain, NC; and “brother” Larry Bruce (Susan) Robinson of Swannanoa, NC. 

The family received friends on Oct. 25. The funeral service followed. Services were held at the Swannanoa Heights Baptist Church.  Pastor Bruce Robinson officiated. Burial was at the Sky View Memorial Park.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers contributions be made to the mission’s fund of the Swannanoa Heights Baptist Church, PO Box 264, Swannanoa, NC 28778.

Harwood Home for Funerals ( is assisting the family.