Nov. 8 Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley

Black Mountain News

Marjorie Haines

Black Mountain

Marjorie Haines

Marjorie Ellen Haines, 73, passed away at home on Oct. 29, 2018, after an extended illness. The ninth of eleven children, she was born in Milaca, MN to the late Egbert Peter (“Pete”) and Rosa Nyenhuis.

A graduate of Unity Christian High School and Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, Marjorie earned a master’s degree at Western Michigan University, and pursued advanced graduate studies at Penn State University, Temple University, and Lehigh University. Marjorie spent most of her professional life as a teacher of English and speech. She was named Teacher of the Year at Kalamazoo Christian High School in only her second year of teaching, and was later nominated for Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year. In a career involving three public schools and two private academies, she also directed numerous plays, taught television production, coached women’s basketball, cross country and track and field, assisted with the marching band, coordinated yearbook productions, and directed a private school’s seven-day boarding program. Outside of school, Marjorie was a very successful distance runner, a voracious reader, and a published author.

Marjorie joyfully filled an interlude between teaching jobs by serving as a child care worker at the Methodist Home for Children in Philadelphia, where she loved each child as if it was her own. This was an assignment she cherished and talked about in her final weeks.

After her retirement from teaching, Marjorie partnered with her husband to distribute natural health care products, and later in managing a vacation rental business. They retired for good in 2012 and moved to Black Mountain, where they found what they sought: tolerance, peace and love.

Throughout her life, Marjorie was grounded by faith and believed in putting her faith into action. She served in many church leadership roles, filled in for vacationing pastors, sang in church choirs, and wrote meditations for church publications. In her six years in Black Mountain, she was active in the Black Mountain United Methodist Church.

Marjorie worked tirelessly for compassionate candidates for elective office, and while in Pennsylvania, was elected to two four-year terms on the School Board in the North Pocono School district.

Marjorie is survived by her husband, Richard (“Dick”) Haines; two stepsons, Mark Haines (Amy) of Averill Park, NY, and Bruce Haines (Holly) of Bethlehem, PA; a step grandson, Grant Haines of Bethlehem, PA; four sisters, Jeanne Kragt-Barchinger (Roland) of Milaca, MN, Betty Tymes of Grand Rapids, MI, Joanne Arnoys of Caledonia, MI, and Carolyn (“Lynn”) Setsma (Dave) of Grand Rapids, MI; sister-in-law, Grace Nyenhuis of Whitinsville, MA; three brothers, Jacob (“Jack”) Nyenhuis (“Lee”) of Holland, MI, Ronald (“Ron”) Nyenhuis (Carole) of Grand Haven, MI, and Kenneth (“Ken”) Nyenhuis (Bev) of Grosse Point Park, MI; and “special” niece, Laura Schnyders of Hudsonville, MI.

While Marjorie had no biological children, she leaves a legacy of thousands of today’s adults (and their children) who have been positively influenced by her knowledge, her values, and – especially – her caring.

A remembrance and celebration of Marjorie’s life will be held at Black Mountain United Methodist Church on Saturday, November 17 at 11:00am, to be followed by a luncheon.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministries in Marjorie’s name.

Harwood Home for Funerals ( is assisting the family.  

Gary Lee Allison


Sergeant Gary Lee Allison, 70, of Rockwell, passed away Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 surrounded by his family. 

He was born July 12, 1948 in Marion, NC to the late Walter and Georgia Fore Allison.  Gary was a graduate of Charles D. Owen High School in Black Mountain and of Pefiffer University where he earned a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice. 

Gary was a retired Line Sergeant for the North Carolina Highway Patrol, retiring in 1998 after 28 years of service.  He was also a Veteran of the United States Army serving during Vietnam in Germany as a MP.  After retiring Gary worked for JKS Inc. as a show car driver. 

He was a member of Ministries of Living Waters Church.

Gary's greatest joy were his grandchildren.  He loved all things motorized, camping, and volunteering.  He was a member of the Rowan County Rescue  Squad, the Rockwell City Fire Department, and the Rowan County Sheriff's Department.

In addition to his parents, Gary was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Millie Watts; grandson, Gavin Littleton; and brother Tommy Allison.

Gary is survived by his wife of over 45 years, Amy R. Allison, whom he married February 23, 1973; daughters, Jennifer A. Littleton and husband Todd of Salisbury, Keri A. Watts and husband Josh of Rockwell; granddaughters, Lexie Littleton, Laney Littleton, Brie Littleton, Maddie Watts, and Mazie Watts; grandson, Jude Watts; brother, Ricky Allison and wife Jan of Black Mountain; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family greeted friends and relatives on Nov. 1, 2018, at Destiny City Church in Salisbury. The funeral service was held in the Destiny City Church later that day with Floyd Howard officiating.

Burial will follow in Brookhill Memorial Gardens with honors provided by the N.C.Highway Patrol.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in memory of Gary to the donor's choice.

Powles Staton Funeral Home of Rockwell, honored  provider of Veterans Funeral Care, is assisting the Allison family. Online condolences may be made at

Charles Bradley


Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley, 78, of Swannanoa, went home to be with the Lord on October 30, 2018.

Mr. Bradley was born July 18, 1940 in Buncombe County to the late Edgar and Virginia Bradley. Charles was a good father, hard worker and loved to hunt and fish. He was a member of Christian Creek Baptist Church.

Charles is survived by his wife, Mary P. Bradley; sons, Charles Bradley, Jr., Clifton Bradley, and Doug Bradley; and grandson, Luke.

A celebration of life service was held Nov. 2, at Harwood Home for Funerals with Rev. Jason Queen officiating. Burial was in Green Hills Cemetery.

Harwood Home for Funerals ( is assisting the family.

Jean Klarp 

Decatur, Georgia 

Vida Jean Davison Klarp, lover of all things beautiful, passed away on Oct. 26, 2018 at her home in Medlock Gardens in Decatur, Georgia. She was 92. Jean was preceded in death by her husband Edgar Faulk Klarp (2007), by her parents John and Flora and her sisters Marilyn Davison Case and Elsbeth Davison.

She is survived by her children Grant Klarp of Portland, OR, Margaret Barnett of Decatur, GA and Jessica (Julia Burr) Klarp of Black Mountain, NC. She has three nieces and nephews and four grandchildren.

Born in Hinsdale, IL she grew up in Duluth, MN, worked in Washington DC prior to marrying Edgar in 1951. They started a family and moved to Atlanta in 1964. There she was active in her community establishing the Twin Lakes Swim and Tennis Club and Greenwood Acres Garden Club. She worked for the Heeney Company, was an avid bridge player, party thrower, gardener, reader, opera lover, and flower arranger. She will be deeply missed by all who loved her. A memorial service will be planned sometime in the future.

Please send memorial contributions to or the Black Mountain Center for the Arts in Black Mountain, NC.

William "Marvin" Hamilton

Black Mountain

William "Marvin" Hamilton

William “Marvin” Hamilton, 93, died Wednesday, October 31, 2018 in Black Mountain after a brief illness.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 64 years, Erlene Greenlee Hamilton, in 2011.  He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Roy Lee Hamilton, John Hamilton, and grandsons, Paul Jason Hamilton and William Rashaan Hamilton.

A native of McDowell County, he was the son of the late Leroy and Georgia West Hamilton.  He ultimately became a resident of Buncombe County for over 72 years.

Mr. Hamilton was a member of Mills Chapel Baptist Church for 70 years where he served in many church capacities, including Deacon, Sunday School superintendent and teacher, treasurer, trustee, Layman’s League member, and budget and finance committee officer.

He worked for Beacon Manufacturing Company and the Charles Owens Company for 41 years, retiring in 1989.  In his last management position, he lead the company’s conversion from manual procedures to electronic data management for supplies procurement and inventories.

In the community, Mr. Hamilton had an active life-style.  After retiring, he served as an Alderman in the town of Black Mountain, a member of the Black Mountain Planning Board, a volunteer and Chaplain at the Asheville-Buncombe County Christian Ministry for 28 years, and president of the Willing Workers Club for Oak Grove Cemetery.  He was also well known for his daily walk from his home on Cragmont Road to Lake Tomahawk, frequent fishing trips to area lakes, and friendly golf outings with his son and neighbors.  He enjoyed gardening and cooking for his family and friends.  In the early years, he was the key organizer and coach of the neighborhood’s only little league baseball team.

He is survived by his son, William Edward Hamilton (Jennifer) of Indio, CA; grandson, Aaron Hamilton of Indo, CA; granddaughter, Lauren Hamilton of Los Angeles, CA; brother, Oran Hamilton of Black Mountain, and numerous family including brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, at Mills Chapel Baptist Church in Black Mountain, NC with Pastor Bobby Hill presiding. The family will also be receiving friends at Mills Chapel Baptist church from 1-2 p.m. prior to the service.

Memorial donations may be made to the Mills Chapel Baptist Church Scholarship Fund, 328 Cragmont Rd., Black Mountain, NC 28711.

Arrangements are in the care of Harwood Home for Funerals ( 

Ruth Turrentine


Ruth Collins Turrentine died Saturday, the 27th of October, at the Solace Hospice Center in Asheville. She was a resident of The Crossings at Reynolds Mountain in Woodfin.

Born in 1926 in Charlotte North Carolina, she was one of nine siblings of which two sisters, Gaynell (Lee Roy) Rumley and June Annis still live in Greensboro, NC. The family later moved to Black Mountain, NC where she met her first husband Thad Burnette. During that marriage, she managed to raise four surviving children in Asheville. David Burnette of Max Lake Canada, Van (Martha) Burnette of Black Mountain, Vicki (Stuart) Hall of Asheville and Paul (Joan) Burnette of Fremont California.

Ruth later met her late husband Will Turrentine of Greensboro moving there to raise surviving children Laurie (George) Blackburn of Hendersonville, Bruce Turrentine, and Blake Turrentine. It was in Greensboro that her talents really blossomed so to speak, not only with her landscaping skills, but in her ability to keep pace with her humorous husband Will. Their house was a true pleasure to visit for family and friends.

Ruth was a great and loving mother and brought joy to everyone in her large extended family. She was quick at wit, flowing in poetry, magical in child raising, fluent in giving, gracious in living, and truly loving to her family and their children’s families consisting of grandchildren Chris (Cora) Burnette, Andy Burnette, Matt Burnette, Kate Helin-Burnette, Nathalie (Craig) Schubert, Charlie (Chris) Cort, Rachel Pressley, Morgan Pressley and great grandchildren Sasha and Jay Burnette, Will and Michael Burnette, and Jack, Liv, and Joey Schubert.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the chapel of Central Methodist in Asheville, NC. at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. Memorial contributions may be made to the Solace Hospice Center in Asheville or to The Salvation Army in Asheville.

Morris Funeral Home, 304 Merrimon Avenue is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent through the website