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Robert L. Merrill

November 16, 2017


Robert L. (Bob) Merrill, age 88 of Brevard died Thursday, November 16th.  He was a native of Henderson County and the son of the late W. Bryan Merrill and Alma Collins Merrill.  Bob graduated from Etowah High School before attending Mars Hll College.  In 1991 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in acknowledgement of his long time service as a benefactor, advisor and trustee for the college.  In 2007, Bob facilitated the building of the W. Scott Merrill Press Box, named for their son who was tragically killed in an automobile accident in 1983 while a student at the college.  As a member of First Baptist Church of Brevard, Bob taught Sunday School and served as a deacon for many years.  Bob is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Lois, son, Dr. Rob Merrill and wife Lee of Asheville, daughters, Debbie Stout and husband Steve of Hendersonville and Beth Hamilton and husband Mike of Nashville, Tn.  A Foster son, Andre Diaz and wife Freda of Raleigh and several grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by a son Scott Merrill as well as a brother, Bryan Merrill, Jr.  A Celebration of a life well lived, a service of remembrance of Bob will be held at 2 pm on Sunday, November 19th at the First Baptist Church of Brevard, 94 S. Gaston Street.  A reception and receivng of friends will follow in the fellowshp hall.  Moody Connolly Funeral Home is caring for the family.

Evelyn Bright

November 15, 2017


Evelyn Parker Bright, age 76, formerly of Gaffney,, died on Wednesday, Novemer 15th at Azalea Woods Nursing Facility of Aiken.She was born in Gaffney,the widow of the late Winfred N.Bright & daughter of the late James Pittman Parker and Lucy Phillips Parker.  She was a homemaker and member of Draytonville Baptist Church.  Surviving are two sons Rev. Roger Bright and wife Rita of Hendersonville,N. C. and Glenn Bright of Florence, a daughter, Myra Painter and husband, Ralph of Aiken;' three  brothers, Jack Parker and wife Jean, John Parker and wife Diane and Eddie Parker and wife Brenda, all of Gaffney; a sister, Gail Phillips of Charlotte, N. C.  In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a sister Freida Parker and two grandsons,, Rusty Painter and Darren Painter. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 pm on Friday, November 17th at Blakely Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held at 1pm Saturday, Nov. 18th at Draytonville Baptist Church. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery.  Blakely Funeral Home of Gaffney S, C,. is serving the famiy.

Annith Faye Cannon

November 14, 2017


Annith Faye Cannon, age 78 of Mountain Home died Tuesday, November 14th at her home surrounded by her loving family.  She was born, a coal miner's daughter, in Kentucky to the late William Lawson Williamson and Matilda Varney Williamson.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Joe Cannnon and by an infant daughter, Shelby Ann Cannon.  She is survived by her three daughters and sons-in-law, Wanda and Billy Hall of Etowah, Tina and Charlie Ball of Hendersonville and Jo and Timmy Sexton of Mountain Home; seven grandchildren and thrirteen great grandchildren.  Her funeral service will be held at 11 am on Friday, November 17th at Ebenezer Baptist Church of Hendersonville.  Burial will follow in Shepherd Memorial park.  The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service.  Thomas Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.  

Frances Delores Munk

November 13, 2017


Frances Delores Munk, age 95 of Hendersonville died Monday, November 13th at the Brian 'center Health  and Rehab of Brevard.  Services will be announced at a later time.  Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Jack M. McDonald

November 13, 2017


Jack M. McDonald, age 92 of Hendersonvlle died Sunday,November 12th at the Brian Center Health and Rehab of Brevard.  Services will be announced at a later time.  Shuler Funeral Home is asssting the family.

Willis Harold Aman

November 13, 2017


Williw Harold Aman, ae 89 of Hendersonville died Monday, November 13th at his home.  Thomas Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors are  charge of the arrangements.,

John Michael Tillman

November 11, 2017


John Michael Tillman,also known to his friends as "Mick", age 71 died on November 11th of cardiac arrest after a short battle with cancer.  He was born in 1946 in Providence, Rhode Island to the late Earl Tillman and Eileen Tillman.  He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sheila, his two children, Bridget and John and their spouses David and Erin, his grandson John, and his sisters, Sheila and Susan.  John attended La Salle Academy high school, then received an engineering degree from the University of Rhode Island followed by an MBA from Western New England College.  John worked for the same company his entire 48 year professional career and retired in  2016.  A visitation will be held on Sunday, November 19th from 5 pm  to 7 pm at Thomas Shepherd & Son, 125 South Church Street in Hendersonville.  A memorial mass will be celebrated on Monday, November 20th at 10 am at the Immaculate Conception Church, 208 7th Avenue West in Hendersonville, N. C.  Thomas Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.