Nov. 14 Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley

Black Mountain News

Josephine Keever

Black Mountain

Josephine “Jo” Finch Keever, 90 of Black Mountain passed away Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019.

Mrs. Keever was born Nov. 8, 1928 in Buncombe County to the late Ronald and Josephine Baker Finch.

Jo was a life-long member of First Baptist Church of Black Mountain where she taught Sunday School and served on various committees. She retired from the VA Hospital with over 25 years of service.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Keever; sisters, Mary Frances Bryan and Dorothy Mackney; grandchildren, Hannah and Jordan Dillingham.

Mrs. Keever is survived by her children, Len Keever (Cathy) of Dunn, Joey Keever (Brenda) of Charlotte and Ann Dillingham (Fred) of Black Mountain. She is also survived by her 10 grandchildren: Seth Keever (Teresa), Lauren Daniels (Heith), Jared Keever, Megan Murray (Sam), Adam and Luke Keever, Joshua Dillingham (Melena), Jonathan, Jay and Jacob Dillingham and 4 great-grandchildren, Emmett and Molly Keever and Blake and Rylee Daniels.

A Celebration of Life Service was held at First Baptist Church of Black Mountain, Nov. 8.

Burial was in Mountain View Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are encouraged to consider First Baptist Church of Black Mountain.  

Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals (

Sandra Pearson

Black Mountain

Sandra Lee Pearson, age 64, of Black Mountain passed away on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 following a battle with cancer. She was born Oct. 18, 1955 in Melbourne, Florida but lived most of her life in Buncombe County. She was preceded in death by her mother, Frances Avena McElrath of Black Mountain; father, Bill Tom Pearson of Cloquet, Minnesota; and life-long friend, Lewis Ellison of Old Fort.

Surviving are three sisters, Mary McElrath and Susan McElrath of Black Mountain, and Bobbie Jo Webb (Darrel) of Colorado Springs, Colorado; a brother, Charles Pearson (Janine) of Moscow, Kansas; an uncle, Robert Pearson of Esko, Minnesota; three nieces and two nephews.

Sandy was a 1973 graduate of Charles D. Owen High School, and she studied horticulture at Haywood Community College. For most of her career, she was employed as a supervisor in the Landscape department for the NC Department of Transportation.  Sandy enjoyed music, storytelling, and watching football, both collegiate and professional.

After suffering a stroke in 2007, Sandy resided in nursing homes, most recently Mountain Ridge Health and Rehab in Black Mountain where she made many friends and loved the caring and compassionate staff.

An informal graveside burial service was held at Mountain View Memorial Park on Nov. 8.  A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2 p.m. in the Bird Room at Mountain Ridge Health and Rehab on on Saturday, Nov. 16. The Rev. Mary Katherine Robinson will officiate. All family, close friends, and nursing home staff are welcome to attend.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to a charity of your choice.     

Arrangements are being handled by Harwood Home for Funerals (