July 4 Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley

Black Mountain News
Nellie Padgett

Nellie Padgett

Black Mountain

Nellie Padgett, 91, of Black Mountain passed away Sunday, June 23, 2019.

Mrs. Padgett was born February 7, 1928 in Buncombe County.

She is survived by her children, Linda Wells and husband, Ted, Shirley Padgett, Cathy Haynie and husband, Robert and Richard Padgett and wife, Jamie; twelve grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. 

The family received friends on June 25, in the chapel of Harwood Home for Funerals. 

Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals (

A.V. "Chigger" Hollifield

Black Mountain

A.V. "Chigger" Hollifield

A.V. "Chigger" Hollifield Jr., age 74, of Black Mountain passed away on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at home surrounded by family.

Chigger is survived by his brother, Bobby Hollifield; nieces, Lisa Williams, Becky Calderon (Hermen) and Cheryl Williams who was his main caretaker; nephews, Bruce Calloway and Kevin Calloway; great-nieces and nephew who were very special to him, Emily, Megan and Tyler.

He was preceded in death by his parents, A.V. Hollifield Sr. and Nell Penland Hollifield; sister, Patricia Calloway; and brother, Steven Hollifield.

Our sweet Chig has gone home to be with the Lord. Chig had a smile that could brighten anybody's day. He was full of love and life. It was the simple pleasures of life that made him happy such as just sitting outside, playing with his blocks, eating a good hamburger cooked on the grill and enjoying a cup of cold buttermilk. Chig had a kind heart and brought much laughter to our lives. We are heartbroken but take great comfort in knowing he is sitting at King Jesus’ feet, filling Heaven with his beautiful smile. We love you Chig and you will always remain in our hearts.

Visitation for family and friends was June 28 at Harwood Home for Funerals in Black Mountain, NC. He was laid to rest at Ballard Cemetery.

Flowers are accepted and appreciated, or memorial contributions can be made to Hospice Care of Greensboro.

Special thanks to Hospice Care of Greensboro and Harwood Home for Funerals ( for all your help during this difficult time.

Mary Stepp

Black Mountain

Mary Louise Daniel Stepp, of Black Mountain, departed this earthly realm on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at the CarePartners Hospice & Palliative Care in Asheville, NC.

She was born on January 8, 1932 to the late Jerry Daniel, Sr., and Allavertta Greene Daniel.  During her life she worked as a Cafeteria Worker and a Domestic Worker.

She was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Robert Lee Stepp; two sisters, Eunice Logan and Loree Griffin and three brothers, Rufus Daniel, Charles Daniel, and Jerry Daniel, Jr.

Mary was a caring and giving individual who did not hesitate to help when there was a need.  She was a faithful member of Mills Chapel Baptist Church serving in several capacities until she was unable to attend church.  She was a Deaconess, a Sunday School Teacher, Senior Choir Director, served on the Hospitality Committee and Benevolence Committee.

Mary leaves to cherish loving memories, two daughters, Florence Sales (William) of Evanston, IL and Cora Stafford (her faithful and loving caregiver) of Black Mountain; three grandchildren, Thomas Stepp, Sr. of Spring, TX, Lee (Lisa) Stafford of Asheville, Antoinette Bentley of Lawrenceville, GA; seven great-grandchildren; Cody (Cassie), Cameron, Thomas, Jr., Tellis, Jr., Robert Lee, Nina, and Chase; four great great-grandchildren, Lexus, Haideen, Andrew and Xavier; two sisters, Aretha Richardson, and Betty J. Washington of Evanston, IL; three Godchildren, Thomas Logan, George Logan and Naomi Smith; a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

The family received friends on July 1 at Mills Chapel Baptist Church. A Celebration of Life Service followed. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals (