May 16 Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley

Black Mountain News

Dorothy “Dot” Greenlee Jones

Black Mountain

Dorothy "Dot" Jones

Dorothy “Dot” Greenlee Jones, 90, of Black Mountain, passed away on Friday, May 3, 2019.

A native of Black Mountain, Dot was born December 13, 1928 to the late James H. and Florence Stepp Greenlee. Upon graduation, Dot worked in Washington, DC. After retirement, she moved to Atlanta, GA and later moved back home to Black Mountain. She enjoyed volunteering in Black Mountain and was a member of Mills Chapel Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sisters, Johannah Durham, Erlene Hamilton, Elizabeth Harper, Margaret Clinkscales, and Fannie Carney; and brother, James Greenlee.

Dot is survived by her daughter, Pat Jones; sisters, Precious Hill and Pansy Hooper; brother, Ralph Greenlee (Betty); uncle, Hubert Logan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family received friends on May 10, at Mills Chapel Baptist Church. A Celebration of Life Service, officiated by Rev. Bobby Hill, Jr. and Rev. Kenneth Baldwin, followed.

Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the original Thomas Chapel AME Zion Church Restoration Corporation located on Cragmont Road, PO Box 895, Black Mountain, NC 28711.

Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals (

Betty Rozzell

Black Mountain 

Betty Rozzell

Our Mother, Betty Thomas Rozzell, passed away on May 6, 2019.
She was lovingly called Gran and was a friend to all. Betty was born in Trion, GA on September 20, 1924 to Carlos and Mary Lou Thomas. She was predeceased by her husband, Woodville Grady Rozzell, and her brother, Joel Clayton Thomas.

Left to cherish her joyful life are her children: David Thomas Rozzell (Judy), Terri Rozzell Brooks (Joe), Carol Rozzell Tyson (Joe), Pegg Rozzell and her Grandchildren Amy Behrendt (Trey), Nancy Johnson (Jay), Jeff Owens, Jody Brooks (Tom Groch), Olivia Tyson, Andrew Tyson, Ali Henion (Dave) and Aaron Osteen (Jill). Her five “greats’ are Conner Behrendt, Sophie Behrendt, Yates Johnson, Hannah Johnson and Piper Rozzell Groch.

A private burial was conducted at the VA Cemetery on May 8. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15, at the First Baptist Church in Black Mountain, where for over three decades, Betty taught the Sunday School classes of second graders. The family will receive friends in the church sanctuary one hour prior to the service.

Flowers are appreciated. Memorial donations can be made to North Carolina Veterans Writing Alliance Foundation Inc., 30 Crestwood Road, Asheville, NC 28804 and Bethany Christian Services, 142 Airport Road, Suite G, Arden, NC 28703.

An expanded online obituary can be found on the the Harwood Home for Funerals website,

Nancy Rosell 

Black Mountain

Nancy Rosell

Nancy Trammell Rosell, of Black Mountain, passed away peacefully at the Keever Solace Center on May 6, 2019. She was 92.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Richard Lee Rosell, her parents, Andrew and Evelyn Trammell, her four siblings, Jeanne, Jack, Carel, and Ted, and her son-in-law, Doug Wooten. She is survived by her four children, Elaine, Kurt, Carolyn (Dwight), and Bobbi. In addition, she has 5 grandchildren (Cristi, Lindsey, Allen, Grace, and Hannah) and 3 great-grandchildren (Brianna, Jordan, and Abella).

Nancy was born in Pensacola, Florida, and was raised in Des Moines, Iowa. She had a lifelong fighting spirit and saw her way through much adversity, including multiple wars. She was proudly patriotic with a long family history of military service. She and her husband, a Korean War veteran, met while working at the same company in Dayton, OH.

Nancy lived in several states over the years, including Iowa, Ohio, Florida, and North Carolina. Much of her life was spent in NC, when her family moved from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, to Asheville, and then, a year later, to Black Mountain. Over the years, she traveled all over the US with her husband, compiling a wealth of genealogical information, which was immensely important to her.

She attended Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, where she was a member of the women’s swim team. She attended the University of Iowa for two years and spent most of her time working as a secretary in numerous industries, including Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Continental Insurance, and Montreat College, where she was the Secretary to the Dean of Students. She then worked with her husband in his accounting firm, Valley Accounting Service, which is now managed by her youngest daughter, Bobbi.

Nancy was a kind and compassionate woman with a gentle yet feisty spirit. She loved her family and always wanted them nearby. Her faith was strong and an integral part of her life. Physically active for most of her life, her favorite pastime was gardening. She had a lifelong love of cats and other animals. She will always be remembered by those who loved her and whose lives she touched, even in the seemingly smallest of ways.  

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to one of two charities: the WNC Bridge Foundation through their website at:, or the Dementia Society of America at