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Obituaries

Obituary Archive

Betty Lou Strzykalski

May 26, 2015

Betty Lou Strzykalski, age 89 of Hendersonville died on May 26th at the Elizabeth House.  Thomas Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.

Harvey Hayes

May 25, 2015

Harvey Hayes, age 79 of Mills River died JMonday,May 25th at the Elizabeth House.  He was born in Buncombe County.  Harvey was a veteran of the U S Marine Corps and fought in the Korean Conflict.  He retired from Schwitzer and Taylor Instruments as a tool maker. He is survived by his wife, Mildred Barnwell Hayes; two daughters, Carolyn Ballinger and her husband Randy, and Linda Lance; two sisters, Cynthia Knight and her husband, Gordon and Pat Banks and her husband, Calvin;  five grandchildren and  four great-grandchildren,.  A funeral service will be held at 3 pm Thursday, May 28th at Fletcher First Baptist Church.  Burial will follow at Shepherd Memorial Park with military honors.  The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service from 2 until 3 pm.  Groce Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. 

Reba Theresa Ivey Maxwell

May 25, 2015

Reba Theresa Ivey Maxwell, age 67 of Hendersonville died Monday, May 25th at Mission Hospital after an extended illness.  She was the daughter of the late Vrgil and Helen Ivey.  She is survived by her husband, Carroll Bert Maxwell and a daughter Jennifer Ann Maxwell.  She was a llifelong resident of Henderson county and was a school teacher for 30 years.  She was a member of Mud Creek Baptist Church.  A visitaton will be held from 12 until 1 pm at Thomas Shepherd & Sons on Thursday, May 28th.  A Graveside service will follow at 2pm at Forest Lawn Cemetery.  Thomas Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.

Eloise Green Holm

May 25, 2015

Eloise Green Holm, age 78 of Hendersonville died Monday, May 25th at the Elizabeth House.  Thomas Shepherd & son Funeral Directors will announce the arrangements.

Ruby Pearl Morrison Stepp

May 25, 2015

Ruby Pearl Morrison Stepp, age 84 of Hendersonville died Monday, May 25th at her residence.  She was born in Henderson County to the late Jesse Morrison &  Helen Hollingsworth Morrison.  She was the wife of the late Frank Stepp.  She is survived by her children, Patsy Good of Hendersonville and Dean Stepp and his wife Linda of Etowah along with 7 grandchildren 17 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.  She is also survived by her sister Irene Lane of Hendersonville and Woodard Morrison of Greenville, S. C.  The family will receive family and friends Thursday evening, May 28th from 6 until 8 pm at Thomas Shepherd & Son Funeral Home.  A Celebration of her life will be held at 11 am Friday, May 29th at Upward Christian Fellowship Church.  Interment will follow at Tracy Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.  Thomas Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Grimes Harrison

May 24, 2015

Mary Helen Grimes Harrison age 95 of Hendersonville died Sunday, May 24th.  Thomas Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors will anounce the arrangements.

Nancy Greig Baldwin

May 24, 2015

Nancy Greig Baldwin of Hendersonville died peacefully at the Elizabeth House in Flat Rock on May 24th at the age of 84.  She had suffered a stroke.  She is survived by her husband, Ray Baldwin of Hendersonville.  Her sister, Patricia Varn Somerscales of Troy, New York, along with her three children and one granddaughter.  She was born in Elmira, New York and graduated from the University of Vermont in 1952 with a degree in home economics. She received her master's degree, also in home economics from Washington State University in 1975.    She married W. Smith Greig in 1955 and they made their home in East Lansing, Mich. for many years before moving to Pullman, Wash. in 1970.  They retired to Hendersonville in 1986.  After Smith passed away in 1992, Nancy met Ray Baldwin of Hendersonville and they were married in 1993.  Nancy's funeral service will be held at the First Congregational Church on Thursday,May 28th at 1 pm with a reception to follow.  All are welcome to attend to celebrate Nancy's life.  Thomas Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.

Margaret Drake Bender

May 20, 2015

Margaret "Susie" Drake Bender,m age 76 of Flat Rock died Wednesday, May 20th at the Elilzabeth House.  She was a longtime resident of Henderson County.  She attended Hendersonville High School and was employed with Wachovia Bank for over 20 years.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Hedersonville.   A Memorial Service will be held at 11 am Thursday, May 28th in the Brunson Chapel of the First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville.  Thomas Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.

Helen A. Edwards

May 19, 2015

Helen A. Edwards, age 93 of Hendersonville died on May 19th at the Carolina Village Medical Centerr after a brief illness.  She was born in Dodge City, Kansas and grew up in East Peoria, Illinois.  She was preceded in death by her husband, George A. Edwards, Sr. and her parents, Albert Otis and Maud Albina Shaver.  She and her husband moved to Hendersonville in 1976 where they enjoyed a wonderful life living on top of JMount Hebron.  During her life, she was Vice President of the First National Bank in Tuscola, Illinois where she worked for over 25 years.  She was the first woman who was named an officer in the 100 year old bank.  A Christian Memorial service will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family in Mills River at 10 am on Saturday, May 30th.  After the service the family invites all to remain for the reception to follow.  Thomas Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.

Raymond Tonnesen

May 12, 2015

Raymond Tonnesen, age 86 of Hendersonville died Tuesday, May 12th at his home following an extended illness.  He was born in Brooklyn,N. Y. and grew up in  Norway.  He was a former deacon at Covenant Presbyterian Church.  Raymond served with the army in Japan following WWII.  He was a photographer and a member of the American-Scandinavian Foundation.  He worked as a building contractor, and loved visiting Norway.  A memorial service will be held at 1 pm Saturday at Covenant Presbyterian Church.  There will be a  reception following the service in the fellowship hall.  Forest Lawn Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Michael McHugh

May 10, 2015

Michael Henry "Mike" McHugh of Hendersonville died Sunday, May 10th.  He was born in Baltimore, Md.  He enjoyed 32 years as a resident and government servant for Henderson County.  He was raised in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, where in 1974 he earned his Master's Degree in Hearng Impaired Education from Bloomsburg University.  He spent 10 years working with students at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Philadelphia, Pa. and the Selisgrove State School and Hospital in Selisgrove, Pa.  After relocating his family to Henderson County in 1983, Mike began a distinguished 25 plus year career to serving the citizens of Henderson County, first in Animal Control and most recent as a long-time Environmental Health Specialist.  Mike is survived by his Love of 43 years, Linda McHugh, a son and daughter in law, Joey and Jonette McHugh of Lafayette La. and his three grandchidlren.  A Celebration of Mike's life will be held on Saturday, May 30th from 10:30 am til 12 noon at The Cedars, 227 7th Avenue West in Hendersonville.  A memorial service will follow shortlly after noon.  David Funeral Home of Lafayette is in charge of the arrangements.