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Obituaries

Elizabeth Steiges

April 25, 2015

Elizab eth Steiges, age 95 of Arden died Saturday, April 25th.  No local services are planned.  Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Renee Riedl

April 24, 2015

Renee Riedl, age 70 of Flat Rock died Friday, April 24th at the Elizabeth House in Flat Rock.  Thomas Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors will announce the arrangements.

William Vasata, Jr.

April 23, 2015

Mr. William Vasata, Jr. ,age 83 of Henbdersonville died Thursday, April 3rd.  Services will be private.  Thomas Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.

Deloress Diane Bane

April 23, 2015

Delores Diane Bane, age 68 of Dana died Thursday, April 23rd in Mission Hospital.  She was a native of Henderson County, the daughter of the late Joseph and Gladys Brooks.  She was a retired lab technician for the WNC Diagnostic Laboratory.  A memorial service will be held at 2 pm Monday, April 27th at Tracy Grove Baptist Church.  Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. 

Leon V. Allison

April 23, 2015

Leon V. Allison, age 60 of Zirconia died Thursday, April 23rd at the Elizabeth House.  Forest Lawn Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Melba E. Bentley

April 22, 2015

Melba E. Bentley, age 70 of Asheville died Wednesday, April 22nd at the Laurels of Green Tree Ridge.  Thomas Shepherd & Son Funeral Diurectors is in charge of the arrangements.

BERT BROWNING, III

April 20, 2015

Mr. Browning passed quickly in his home Monday evening, April 20, sitting with his new bride at age 85. Bert loved people, the mountains of western Carolina and was a friend to all who met him.

He was born in downtown Hendersonville on 6th Avenue in 1929 to Sara and Bert Browning, Jr. and drove a milk truck through town regularly at age 14, while younger drivers helped at home during WWII.  He earned his pilot’s license as a teenager and graduated ROTC from Hendersonville High School in 1948. He graduated from NC State in 1952 and was directly commissioned as an Army Lieutenant Medic. Bert started his career with Merrill Lynch in Charlotte. He was promoted in 1967 to their New York headquarters as a manager migrating the paper recordkeeping of the largest U.S. investment firm to computers.

Bert left corporate life and returned to Hendersonville in 1975 when he renovated the building on the NE corner of First & Main. He was instrumental in the federal designation of our Historic Downtown area. This brought the serpentine road design with its planters and benches that fostered the re-birth and added charm to our active business district. The Browning Title insurance agency served on the corner for more than 25 years during a time of tremendous growth in Henderson County.

Bert spent his retirement in Saluda, N.C. and was woven into the community socially and spiritually. One of the first things he did there was to help stabilize the library. Bert was a joyful and intelligent man, believing that we are all expressions of God. He studied numerous religions, cultures and philosophies. He enjoyed cooking for others and spoke from the heart to encourage and mentor friends of all ages.

He is survived by Dana Feaster Browning, his wife of four months with whom he shared a gentle peace and true love in his final days; his sister Virginia Turner of Hendersonville; three sons: Parker Browning, a tax advisor in Hendersonville; Tom Browning, a software engineer in Bellevue, Wash.; and Sidney Browning, a financial planner living in Alpharetta, Ga. with his wife Alia and Bert’s grandchildren, Laila (18) and Benjamin (15).

In lieu of flowers or donations, the family asks that you mentor a youth, be generous and tell your friends that you love them.                                           

There will be a private family service and memorial celebration for those who loved and supported Bert in the coming weeks. Remembrances can be sent to Sidney at sidneybrowning@bellsouth.net

McFarland Funeral Chapel
Tryon, N.C.BertBrowning

Galina Stein

April 18, 2015

Galina Stein, age 66 of Hendersonville died Saturday, April 18th at her residence.  She was born in Russia.  In 1990 Lina moved to the United States and worked as a travel agent in Brooklyn, N. Y. She married Wlliam J. Steil in Cincinnati, Ohio and they settled in Hendersonville, N. C, She obtained her American citizenship in June 1998..  A funeral service will be held at 2 pm on Thursday, April 30th at Thomas Shepherd & son Church Street Chapel .  The family will receive friends one hour prior.  Thomas Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.