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James Richard Blackwell, ae 75 of Hendersonvile died Wednesday, October 19th at the Elizabeth House. He was born in Henderson County, the son of the late James Fleming Blackwell and Mildred Camp Blackwell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Thomas Blackwell; and by one sister, Brenda Shipley. Mr. Blackwell was a lifelong member of West Hendersonville Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife Sarah Ledbetter Blackwell of the home; two daughters, Sharon Howell and her husband,Tim of Hendersonville and Debra Blackwell Archer of Asheville; two granchildren,Rachel Howell and Adam Howell; three sisters, Lucille Osteen, Phoebe 'Rollins and Dorothy Thmpson and numerous nieces and nephews,. The funeral service will be held at 2 pm on Sunday, October 23rd at West Hendersonvile Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Hill Community Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 until 1:45 pm prior to the service at the church. Thomas Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Robyn Graham Painter, age 41 of Hendersonville died Wednesday, October 19th after a courageous 2 year battle with breast cancer. Robyn was an exrememly loving and devoted mother to her two sons; Graham Patrick and Hayes Maxwell Painter. Robyn is also survived by her husband, Danny Painter, Mother, Karyn B. Spreeman and her siblings, Wike Graham and wife Kimberly, Kyle Graham and wife Tracey, Elayne Bishop and husband Aaron, Heather Conklln and husband Brent, Heidi Lance and husband Patrick, Step mother, Jann S. Graham, 7 nieces and 5 nephews and a large exended family. Robyn is preceeded in death by her father, Robert Wike Graham and step father, Karle Spreeman. She was born in Hendersonville in 1974 She was a graduate of Hendersonville High School. Robyn earned a degree in Health Promotions from Appalachian State University. After college she followed her love for the art of cooking and earned a Culinary degree from AB Tech. Robyn was the Director of Nutritional Services for Park Ridge Health. She was the executive chef and program manager for the Dandelion, Mainstays Local Restaurant. Funeral arragements are -- A graveside service will be held on Saturday, October 22nd at 11 am at Cullowhee United Methodist Cemetery with a private Celebration of Life to follow. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the education fund for her boys: Painter's Family Fund in care of Karyn Spreeman, 220 Balsam Road, Hendersonville. Jackson Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Ruby J. Wyatt, age 97 of Hendersonville died Tuesday, October 18th at Mountain Home Health and Rehab Center. A graveside service will be held at 1 pm Friday, October 21st at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Rebecca Marie Ayers, age 63 of Hendersonville died October 18th at the Elizabeth House following a prolonged illness. She was the daugher of the late James Weaver and Ruby Lowery Ayers. She was also preceded in death by her brothr, Jimmy "Redbird" Ayers. She is survived by her sisters, Mureene Ayers Presnell and her husband Johnny, Linda Ayers Barrow, Carolyn Ayers and her husband, Ray and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 2 pm Saturday, October 22nd at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to her sister, Carolyn Weaver to help cover final expenses.
Carol Blanchard Wales, age 87 of Carolina Village in Hendersonville died Tuesday, October 18th. She was a loving mother to daughters, Sharon Wales and Marcia Abram and wife of the late Bill Wales. Grandmother of David Abram and Sarah Abram. She was a sibling of Marcia J. Blanchard of Burlington, Vt., Joan Williams Wheatley of So Glens Falls, New York, Jeanne and husband David Van Amerongen of Columbia, S. C., Michael J. Talbit of Palm Springs, Ca. and Paul Blanchard- deceased and wife Joanne of St. Augustine, Fl. She was born in Albany, New York and spent the past 25 years in Hendersonville . She cherished her many friends at Carolina Village. No services are planned. Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Vic "Bear" Wright age 61 of Hendersonville died Tuesday, October 18th at Lake James Lodge in Nebo. Westmoreland Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
John "J T" Diehl, age 96 of Hendersonville died Saturday, October 15th. He was a native and lifelong resident of Henderson County, He was a son of the late John L. and Nannie Brackett Diehl and husband of the late Margaret Wirtz Diehl, who died in 2005. He was also preceded in death by his grandson, Matthew Bryan Hill; sister, Anna Diehl Freeman: and brother, Thomas "T. A." Diehl. John served in the U S. Army Air Corps during WWII as a radio technician and an electronics instructor. He retired from Amcermet Corp and was a Sunday School teacher and deacon. He was the oldest member of West Hendersonville Baptist church. He is survived by daughters, Barbara D. Rhodes and husband Sherrell, Beverly D. Blake and husband Richard and Beth D.Hill and husband Chris; also a son, Bryant Diehl and wife Betty; six grandchidlren; seven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 pm Saturday, October 22nd in the chapel of Forest Lawn Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park . The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 pm in the chapel. Forest Lawn Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.
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