July 11 Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley

Black Mountain News

Ralph Reed

Black Mountain 

Ralph Reed

Ralph Reed, 73, of Black Mountain, passed away quietly in his sleep surrounded by his sisters and family on Tuesday, July 2, 2019.

Ralph was born July 6, 1945 in Virginia to the late Ralph and Jerry Reed. He loved spending time with his nieces and nephews; and he enjoyed gardening, reading, traveling and water aerobics.

Ralph is survived by his sisters, Debbie Reed Kirkley (Dale) and Renee Raines (Tim); nieces and nephews, Aaron Kirkley, Nathan Kirkley, Lora Raines Brian (Shane), and Ryan Raines; and great niece and nephew, Addison Brian and Waylan Brian.

A private celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

The family would like to extend a sincere thank you for all the love and support they have received during this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Black Mountain Beautification Committee, PO Box 363, Black Mountain, NC 28711.

Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals (

Angus Theophilus "A.T." Brown, Jr. 

Black Mountain

Angus Theophilus (A.T.) Brown, Jr. of Black Mountain, NC died on July 3, 2019. 

He was preceded in death by his wife Doris. He is survived by sons Chuck, Asheville, NC; Richard, Clayton, NC (Julie Peacock Brown and her sons Adam and Luke Hinton); Tommy, Boone, NC (Karen Shafer Brown); grandsons Hayden of Champaign, IL and Shafer of Black Mountain, NC; ‘Adopted daughter’ Sandy Reynolds, Zephyrhills, FL (Keith and daughters Donna Hoefer and Traci Akiki);

A.T. served the Presbyterian (PCUSA) Church over thirty years with Doris as leaders in Camp and Conference ministry. Together they developed Cedarkirk in Lithia, FL. Before this they led Camp Glenkirk in Gainesville, VA.  He served as Director leading programs, site development, staff training, recreation, folk dancing and camp fire stories.  

A 1957 graduate of Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, VA, A.T was raised in Laurinburg, NC, one of six children of Pauline Herndon and Angus T. Brown, Sr. He served in the Navy and was in flight school at the end of the WWII.   He moved to Charlotte, NC and while volunteering at Plaza Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC, he met Doris. 

They were married in 1956.  Upon his graduation from PSCE, A.T. and Doris began ministry together at Glenkirk.

Throughout his 93 years A.T. was a gregarious, kind, loving, and faithful servant of the Church and of all people.

Memorial service is scheduled at First Presbyterian Black Mountain 11 AM on Saturday July 13. 

Family has designated Cedarkirk ( for memorial gifts.