JOHN EDWIN COOK
WEAVERVILLE/ BEECH COMMUNITY – John Edwin Cook, age 92, of the Beech Community went to be with his Lord on Saturday, February 8, 2014 surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. Cook was born October 15, 1921 in Buncombe County. He retired from Sayles Biltmore Bleacheries and was a lifelong farmer. John was a US Navy veteran serving during World War II in the Pacific on the USS LST 1102. He was a lifelong member of Reems Creek- Beech Presbyterian Church. A son of the late Harley and Bonnie Ray Cook, he was also preceded in death by his wife Dorothy Rhea Cook who died in 2007; sisters, Kate Angel, Grace Holcombe, Justine Nesbitt, and brother, Duain Cook
Surviving are his daughters, Martha Cook and Janet Bost; sons, Steve Cook and wife Penny and Jeff Cook and wife Donna; sisters, Mary Dean Davis, Alice Zikewich and husband Joe and Betty Owenby; sister-in-law, Hilda Cook Cash; 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
His funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 15, 2014, in the Chapel of West Funeral Home, 17 Merrimon Ave., Weaverville, with Rev. Jay Rabuck and Rev. Brian Hanrahan officiating. Burial will be in the Veterans section of West Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday at the funeral home.
At other times, the family will be at the residence.
Flowers are welcome. Those desiring to make a memorial contribution are encouraged to consider. Maney Branch Cemetery Fund, c/o Kay Pruitt, 26 Curly Willow Lane,
For those who desire, condolences may be offered to the family under Mr. Cook’s obituary at www.WestFamilyFuneralServices.com.
PEARL GENTRY THOMAS
WEAVERVILLE: Pearl Gentry Thomas, 70, of 56 Mundy Cove Road, passed away Sunday, December 29, 2013. She is a native of Buncombe County and daughter of the late Erskin and Irene Lance Gentry. She was also preceded in death by sisters, Alice Waldrop, Betty Brown and Helen Hollar.
She is survived by her husband Donald C. Thomas; daughters, Teresa Rice(David), Donna Henson(Eddie), Susie Waldrup (David Sledge), Jeannie Blackwell (Chris); son, Kevin Thomas; nine grandchildren, two great grandchildren; sisters, Mildred Reis, Jeannette Grooms, Joyce Franklin , Mary E. Black; brothers, Tate Gentry, David Gentry and John Gentry.
A celebration of life will be held at 7 pm, Thursday, January 2, 2014 at Robbie Capps Memorial Chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Service. Officiating will be Reverends Mack Revis, Steve Rhinehart and Levi Henson. The family will receive friends 2 hours prior to the service at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralservice.org.
JIMMY DON ELLISON
WEAVERVILLE: Jimmy Don Ellison, 66, of 21 Anderson-Penland Lane, passed away Friday, December 27, 2013 at his home. He was born in Del Rio, TN to the late James Allen and Bervene Ball Ellison. He was a member of Union Chapel Baptist Church and enjoyed fishing and woodworking.
Surviving is his wife Carolyn J. Ellison, sons; James Ellison (Michele) of Savannah, GA. and Matthew Ellison (Katie) of Weaverville, six sisters; Kathryn Raper (Chris) of Del Rio, TN, Jean Batson (Gary) of Parrottsville, TN., Lula Mae Ozmun (Ralph) of Morristown, TN., Brenda Heatherly (Mike) of Knoxville, TN., Glenda Bewley (Jeff) of Newport, TN., Opal Gregg (Dwayne) of Greeneville, TN., three brothers; Swan Ellison of Del Rio, TN., Dan Ellison (Brenda) of Newport, TN., C. J. Ellison (Pamela) of Weaverville, grandchildren; Connor and Garrett Ellison of Savannah, GA., Hailie and Arianna Ellison of Weaverville, two sister-in-laws; Shirley Jenes and Frieda Jenes both of Weaverville and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Monday, December 30, 2013 in Robbie Capps Memorial Chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Service, Mars Hill. Reverends Albert Roberts and Kenneth Craine will officiate. Burial will follow in Ashelawn Gardens of Memory. The family will receive friends from 12:30 – 2:00 pm Monday prior to the service.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralservice.org
TOMMY LYNN PIKE
WEAVERVILLE: Tommy Lynn Pike 60, of 533 Old Eller Ford Rd., passed away Monday, December 23, 23013 at John F. Keever Solace Center and is now at rest with the Lord. He was a son of the late James Lloyd Pike Jr. and Betty “Bett” Benfield Pike. He was also preceded in death by his brother Bobby Pike. Tommy loved the outdoors and nature and was a very compassionate, thoughtful, concerning and touched many people by sharing his artwork. He loved all those he came in contact with.
Surviving is his wife Susan Roberts Pike of the home, sons, Heath and Ross Pike, sister Katie Pike, brothers; Danny Pike (Brenda), Ricky Pike (Christy), brother-in-law Tim Roberts (Marsha), mother-in-law, Juanita Roberts, uncle, Jerry “Dude” Benfield, aunt Joyce “Mont” Crawford, several special nieces , nephews, great nieces and nephews. Faithful companion his dog Cleo.
The funeral service was held at 2:00 pm Thursday, December 26, 2013 in Robbie Capps Memorial Chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Service. Rev. Phillip Parker officiated. Burial followed in Oak Grove Cemetery. The family received friends from 1:00 – 2:00 pm prior to the service.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralservice.org
Elmar Ray Dillingham
Weaverville - Elmar Ray Dillingham, 82, of Weaverville passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at his home.
A native of Buncombe County, he was a son of the late, Elmar and Edith Rice Dillingham. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, and retired in 1998 from the Reems Corporation. He was a member of Merrimon Avenue Baptist Church, and was past president of the Ballard Branch Community Center.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, Jimmy Dillingham. Surviving are his children, Linda Dillingham of Imperial, PA, Diana Dillingham and Elmer R. Dillingham Jr. both of Asheville; brother, William A. Dillingham and wife, Mildred, of Lancaster, PA, and four wonderful grandchildren.
No public services are scheduled at this time.
Condolences may be made to the family at www.AshevilleMortuaryServices.com.
CLARENCE CHANDLER, SR.
VERNON JAMES PONDER
MARS HILL: Vernon James Ponder ,76 of 10505 NC 23, passed away at his residence Friday, September 27, 2013. He was a native of Madison County and the son of the late Lloyd and Estie Crowder Ponder. He is also preceded in death by brothers, Zade, McArthur and Glenn Ponder and two grandsons Cody and Colby Norton. Vernon was a US Army veteran and member of Upper Laurel Baptist Church, serving as a Sunday School teacher and choir director for many years. He helped established Ebbs Chapel Fire Department and Community Center. He spent most of his life in the education system. He retired as a teacher, principal and recently Chairman of Madison County Board of Commissioners. He had just recently received The Long Leaf Pine Award of which he was very proud.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Thelma Lewis Ponder; daughter Renee (Roy) Norton; sons, Darrell (Deanna) Ponder, Daren (Kerry) Ponder and Chris (Susannah) Carver; grandchildren, Amber (Ryan), Hannah, Jackson, Jordan, Jasper Carver, J. J., Drew, Grae and Ashley Ponder; great grandson, John Michael English; sister; Louise (Bob) Paulson; brothers, Kermit (Linda) Ponder, Ray (Jeannie) Ponder and Dewayne (Linda) Ponder; several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held at 11 am, Monday, September 30, 2013 at Upper Laurel Baptist Church. Rev. Cline Hensley, Jr. and Rev. Eddie Fox officiated. Serving as pallbearers were; Delaine, Tim, Jason and Nathan Ponder, Wayne and Andy Hensley and Nick English. Burial followed in the church cemetery. The family received friends 5 pm – 8pm Sunday, September 29, 2013 at Upper Laurel Baptist Church.
Blue Ridge Funeral Service is assisting the family. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralservice.org.
NEVILLE B. MARSHALL
WEAVERVILLE - Neville B. Marshall “Marshall”, 78, of Weaverville, NC formerly of Frankfort, KY completed his life journey on Thursday, September 26, 2013.
“Marshall” was a native of Kentucky and preceded in death by his parents Selbert and Ida Mae Gay Marshall.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, June Marshall formerly of Marshall; daughters, Darla Rogers and Angela Marshall of South Carolina and Amy Ball of Barnardsville; siblings, Jane Duvall, Iris Walton, and Douglas Marshall of Kentucky; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
To honor his wishes, there will be no services. Madison Funereal Home
MAGALENE CRAWFORD BUCKNER
WEAVERVILLE – Magalene Crawford Buckner, age 86, of 80 McDaris Cove Road in the Beech Community died Saturday, September 14, 2013.
Mrs. Buckner was born July 16, 1927 in Pineville, KY to the late Dewey and Mae Sharp Crawford. Mrs. Buckner was also preceded in death by daughter, Linda Prewitt and grandson, Donald R. Harwood.
Mrs. Buckner was a resident of Buncombe County for most of her life.
Surviving are her husband of 65 years, Dewey Buckner, Jr.; son, Jeff Buckner and wife Linda; and three grandchildren, Amanda, Jacob, and Kimberly Buckner.
Her graveside service was held at 11AM Monday, September 16, 2013, in West Memorial Park, with Rev. Philip Wilson officiating.
For those who desire, condolences may be offered to the family under Mrs. Buckner’s obituary at www.WestFamilyFuneralServices.com.
RUTH LUNSFORD STINES
WANDA LEWIS ROBERTS
REV. ANDERSON BURTON COFFEY
PEARL ELIZABETH RICE BUCKNER