April 4 Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley

Black Mountain News
Pat Russell

Kermitt Patrick "Pat" Russell

Black Mountain

Kermitt Patrick “Pat Russell, 73, of Black Mountain passed away Friday, March 22, 2019.

Mr. Russell was born January 18, 1946 in Buncombe County to the late Raymond and Mildred Brookshire Russell. 

He retired from Beacon Mfg. after 32 years and was a member of Victory Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Carroll Russell and granddaughter, Emilee Russell.

Pat is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn Haynie Russell; daughter, Fran Gregg (Randy); sons, Kermitt Russell (Tonya) and Charlie Russell (Beth); 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Service was held March 25, at Victory Baptist Church, where Rev. Andrew Parker officiated. Burial followed in Mountain View Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Harwood Home for Funerals (harwoodhomeforfunerals.com) is assisting the family.

Joe Lytle

Joe Lytle

Black Mountain

Joseph “Joe” Andrew Lytle, 85, of Black Mountain, went home to be with the Lord on March 24, 2019.

Joe was born October 6, 1933 in Buncombe County to the late Robert and Catherine Lytle. Joe was a loving husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed Nascar racing and fishing. He was the owner of Black Mountain Heating and Air Conditioning for over 30 years. Joe was a veteran of the US Army serving in Korea, and he was a member of Meadowbrook Free Will Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his son, Michael Joseph Lytle; and grandchild, Megan Worley.

Joe is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Mildred Rhodes Lytle; daughters, Vicky Maney (Randall) and Donna Worley; sisters, Cathy Barrentine and Callie Miller (Paul); grandchildren, Kendra Williams (James), Nicholas Maney (Krista), Morgan Flynn (Brandon), and Sydney Worley; seven great grandchildren and two on the way.

The family received friends on March 27, at Harwood Home for Funerals.

A celebration of life service took place March 28, at Meadowbrook Free Will Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Meadowbrook Free Will Baptist Church, Van Fund, PO Box 566, Black Mountain, NC 28711.

Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals (harwoodhomeforfunerals.com).

Richard Marett

Old Fort

Richard B. Marett, 70, of Old Fort, passed away Monday, March 25, 2019.

Mr. Marett was born February 1, 1949 in Buncombe County to the late Vaden and Juanita Penley Marett.

Richard was a Vietnam Veteran of the United States Army and was a member of First Christian Church.  He owned and operated I-40 Auto where he was a master mechanic for over 30 years.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers, David, Tom and John Marett.

Richard is survived by his sons, Travis (Samantha Mello) and Colton Marett; sisters, Joyce Jones and Judy McPeeters; brother, Julian Marett and several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of life service was held on March 27, in the chapel of the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, where burial followed immediately 

At other times, the family will be at the home of Joyce Jones, 108 Rock Church St., Black Mountain, NC.

Harwood Home for Funerals (harwoodhomeforfunerals.com) is assisting the family.  

Ann Gertano

Black Mountain

Ann Gertano, 60, of Black Mountain passed away on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at Parkridge Advent Health in Fletcher. 

Born October 31, 1958 in Oakland, CA, she was a daughter of the late Raymond and Marian Terry.  She was an alumnus of Cal Baptist University where she received her master’s degree in psychology.  

Ann was a talented artist and jeweler often times lending her talents as gifts for friends and family. She was also an ordained minister who performed marriage ceremonies for friends. 

Ann was a radiant soul that will be missed. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a brother, Lee Terry. 

Surviving are her children, Janel Klews and her spouse, Michael, of Springfield, OR, Richard Erving and his spouse, Sydnee, of Yucaipa, CA, and Anthony Gertano of Highland, CA; siblings, Bill Terry, Carol Martin and her spouse, Nicholas, and Kathleen Wilson and her spouse, Jeff, all of the Bay Area in California; and four wonderful grandchildren, Cody, Owen, Lily, and Maddox. 

Ann was avid supporter in substance abuse recovery and in keeping with her wishes, please make a donation to a charity of your choice in this related field.  Condolences may be made to the family at ashevillemortuaryservices.com.