May 9 Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley

Black Mountain News

Ann Davis


Ann Davis

Ann Davis, 71, of Fairview, passed away Monday, April 29, 2019.

Mrs. Davis was born June 25, 1947 in Madison County to the late James and Pearl McMahan.    She was a dedicated employee with Kearfott for 36 years and she attended Swannanoa Heights Missionary Baptist Church.

Ann loved gardening, going to the beach and most of all, spending time with her family.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a brother, Tommy McMahan.

Ann is survived by her daughter, Michelle Shaw (Dale); sisters, Johnnie Allen, Carolyn Black (Clarence), Bertha White, and Deborah Von Vitzthume (Bill); brothers, Lon McMahan (Joan) and Tracy McMahan (Melanie); grandchildren, Rebekah, Michael, and Abigail; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

The family received friends on  May 4, at Harwood Home for Funerals.

A graveside service was held May 5, in Mountain View Memorial Park. Pastor Bruce Robinson officiated. 

Michael Shaw, William Von Vitzthume, Deborah Von Vitzthume, Tracy McMahan, Hope McMahan, Billy Allen, and Trey Barrett will serve as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers will be Brooklyn Von Vitzthume and Liz Allen.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Asheville Cardiology, Asheville Heart, Mission Cardiology Heart Clinic and all the nurses and physicians on the Heart Floor at Mission.

Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals (

Daniel Webster Bridges, Jr.


Daniel Webster Bridges, Jr.

Daniel (Danny) Webster Bridges, Jr. was born November 29, 1946. He passed away on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

Danny was born in Mississippi and as a teenager moved to Black Mountain where he attended Owen High School. He was an incredible football player and athlete; he was a true team leader and player.  

Danny was a dedicated Marine for several years and formed a brotherhood with many fellow soldiers. He continued this leadership in his life through his business career and never knew a stranger. He was a loyal husband, father and Pop Pop and family was everything to him. You could always find him either watching or playing golf. Danny's heart was in everything he did and he continued to motivate those around him.  He was the life of the party and was a very happy and positive man to everyone.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Bridges; children, Mark Bridges and Jennifer Riggs (Gresham) ; grandchildren, Corbyn Bridges, Pierce Bridges, Maylin Riggs and Landon Riggs; many family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Jeri Bridges; father, Daniel Bridges; brother, Jerry Bridges; stepfather, Tommy Bridges; and mother-in-law, Aleen Curtis Reed.

A Celebration of Danny's Life was held at Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain on May 6.

Alva Banks


Alva Banks

Alva Louise Banks, 62, of Swannanoa, passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

Mrs. Banks was born April 26, 1957 in Haywood County to the late Avel and Edith Fuller Tipton.  She was a member of Swannanoa Valley Independent Missionary Baptist Church.  Alva loved the Lord and her church. 

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Herman Banks.

Alva is survived by her daughter, Shannon Clancy (Chad); son, Tony Banks (Jessica); brothers, Richard, Roger, and Bobby Tipton; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The family received friends on May 3, at Harwood Home for Funerals. A Celebration of Life service followed.  Burial was in Fuller Family Cemetery.

Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals (

Rosalie McCall

Black Mountain

Rosalie “Miss Andy” McCall, 72, of Black Mountain passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

Mrs. McCall was born January 18, 1947 in Buncombe County to the late David and Bertha Smith.

She was a member of Grace and Knowledge Community Church.  Rosalie enjoyed yard-selling, cooking, and most of all, spending time with her family.

Rosalie is survived by her husband, Terry McCall; sons, Mark McCall (Kristina) and Aaron McCall; and granddaughter, Chyanna Whitemore.

A Celebration of Life service was held May 4, at Grace and Knowledge Community Church.  Burial was in Mountain View Memorial Park.

Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals (

William Tomlin

Black Mountain

William “Quickstop” Tomlin, 67 years old, son of the late Charlotte and Bill Tomlin of Black Mountain, passed away on April 25, 2019. 

“Quickstop” is survived by his brother, Richard Tomlin of Leicester and sister Robin Tomlin Rakes of Chancellor, Alabama, and several beloved nephews and nieces.

He loved the mountains of Black Mountain for most of his life and loved riding his motorcycle in rain, snow or sunshine. He was a Navy Veteran, very independent, had a wonderful circle of friends, and lived his life the way he wanted. His ingenuity and skills allowed him to live a simple yet full life over the years. 

“Quickstop” was one of the original founding members of the Smoky Mountain Toy Run and a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose. He was well known in the biker community and loved by many. His family and friends will miss him and share stories for years to come.

There will be no funeral services held as he wished.   A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to “BikerDown LiftedUp” or the “Smoky Mountain Toy Run” in his memory.