April 11 Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley

Black Mountain News

James Randall "Randy" Goodman

Kingman, Arizona

James Randall Goodman passed away March 20, 2019 of Heart Failure at his work in Kingman AZ.

Our beloved brother, Randy, was born in Asheville, NC and lived in Black Mountain. He graduated from Owen High School and served in the Air Force as a fireman from 1974-1978.

He worked at Drexel Furniture Company for many years and served the Lord by handing out Chick Tracks to the youth off Patton Ave in Asheville NC. Randy loved everybody and his mission in life was to save as many souls as possible, especially the young and arduous.

Eventually, Randy moved to Kingman, AZ. He continued working with the wonderful employees at Walmart and still living his purpose serving the Lord, by passing out Chic Tracks to high school kids and leaving the booklets in all places you can imagine, and always stating “I just want to be a blessing to y’all.”

Georgia Hampton


Georgia Viola Hampton passed away on March 30, 2019. She was born on June 3rd 1921 in Crooked Creek Township, McDowell County, NC to Fred P. Lytle and Mary Lou Lytle (Davis).

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband William Norman Hampton, three sons; J.L. Lytle, Vernon Ray Hampton, and Jerry Lee Hampton. She was also preceded in death by all of her brothers and sisters and their spouses. Surviving children are Elaine Carrig(Tom) and Buster Hampton (Gayle). Georgia has 11 surviving grandchildren and numerous great grand children and great great grandchildren.

Georgia grew up in the Crooked Creek / Davis Town section of McDowell County. A few years after marrying Norman, they moved to Black Mountain in 1949 where she lived until she went into a nursing home in Swannanoa in 2013.

As a stay at home mom, she provided daycare and after school care to over 65 different Black Mountain kids. Georgia always had a big garden which she loved to share with
others. She also did lots of sewing of baby blankets and crafts and contributed many hand-made stuffed animals to the Black Mountain Fire Department's annual Christmas toy collection.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Black Mountain Kiwanis.(828-713-3800). Visitation will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, memorial service to immediately follow at Harwood Home for Funerals in Black Mountain.

Barbara McIntosh

Black Mountain

Barbara McIntosh

Bobbie (Barbara) McIntosh of Black Mountain NC died on Thursday, April 4 after a life well-lived. She was a teacher, artist, and renowned needlepoint designer who shared her gifts with family, friends, kindergarteners and school children, needlepoint artisans, disabled adults, and scores of others.

She was born in York County, PA, to Robert Drake and Anne Holtzapple Drake. She married Joe McIntosh and followed him in his career to Florida then North Carolina, which became her home. Two daughters, Drew and Shawn, were the beneficiaries of that vocation for teaching and art, from hand-sewed matching clothes to crafts to school lessons at home. Bobbie’s passion for grammar and reading led both daughters to become writers as adults. 

As the children got older, the family fell in love with sailing for sport and spent weekends at inland lakes and coastal cities, where Bobbie and Joe raced a Windmill, a 16-foot performance sailboat that Joe built. Parents and kids camped out with other sailing families, including a three-family crew dubbed “The McTaythrops,” because all were as close as kin and traveled with a shared babysitter (lifesaving badge required.) Drew and Shawn both learned to love sailing, starting out in an Optimist Pram that Joe built and Bobbie hand painted with flowers to match the name, the Lazy Daisy.

Over the years, sailing took the family to the coastal NC town of Oriental, which all came to love. Bobbie relocated there after she and Joe divorced and it was as though she had lived there all her life. She played essential roles in the town holiday celebration, the Spirit of Christmas, and performed in puppet shows for the community theater, often in the role of Hound Dog in full costume. She was an active member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, where she designed needlepoint covers for the kneelers after a church renovation. She worked on the Board of Elections and taught at Pamlico County Community College in the compensatory education program.

Once Drew and her husband Darrel had children, Bobbie became a huge part of the life of her beloved grandsons, Dane and Jan. As they grew, she split time between their home in Texas and Oriental, eventually buying her own home in Texas so she could watch them grow. She brought her love of teaching and art to the Destination Imagination program in their school.

In 2009, Bobbie suffered a bout with mental health issues that meant she could no longer live alone, so she joined Drew and her family in Black Mountain, N.C., where they had relocated, just up the road from Shawn in Atlanta.

Bobbie was initially disappointed to lose her independence and leave her beloved Oriental. But as her health improved, she re-built a life of purpose and became a valued citizen at McCune Center, where she was happy to play cards or games with anyone and sell brooms at the Post Office on Mondays or register voters as part of the Lions’ Club based at McCune. She joined St. James Episcopal Church and helped with serving dinner at Celebrate Recovery at Mountain View Church.

Though small in stature, Bobbie had a big personality and a huge love of life. If she met you once, she would never forget you and chances are, you would find her memorable.  If you never met her, you really missed someone special.

Her family will miss her too, but they know that she is with God.

Bobbie is survived by her daughters, Drew Jorgensen (and husband Darrel) of Black Mountain and  Shawn McIntosh of Atlanta; grandsons Dane Jorgensen (and wife Leah) of Jacksonville, NC and Jan Jorgensen (and fiancée Jaemin Wilson) of Tucson, AZ; a sister, Marylou Perlini of Thousand Palms CA; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Harwood Home for Funerals is handling arrangements. A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome at McCune Lions’ Club, 101 Lion’s Way, Black Mountain, NC, 28711.