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Obituaries

Obituary Archive

Ruby Gillum

May 24, 2016

Ruby Gillum, age 89 of Hendersonville died Tuesday, May 24th at the Brian Center Health and Rehab.  Thomas Shepherd & son Funeral Directors will announce the arrangements.

Ruby Gillum

May 24, 2016

Ruby Allison Gillum, age 89 of Hendersonville died Tuesday, May 24th at the Brian Center Health and Rehab.   She was a native of Henderson County; a daughter of the late Clarence and Rebecca Allison.  She was also preceded in death by her husband. George Hillard Ruff.  She was of the Baptist Faith.  She is survived by her son, Rick Ruff and wife Tammy; two grandchildren, Lauren Glass and husband, Brian, all of Hendersonville and Nathan Ruff of Greer, S. C. two great-grandchildren; and her brother, Willie Allison and wife, Pat of Hendersonville.  A graveside service will be held at 11 am on Friday, May 27th at Shepherd Memorial Park.  No formal visitation is planned. Thomas Shepherd & son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.

Christina Marie Dinardo Fisher

May 24, 2016

Christina Marie Dinardo Fisher, age 30 of Hendersonville died Tuesday, May 24th at her residence following a courageous four year battle with cancer.  She was born in Transylvania County; a daughter of Leonard Dinardo, Jr. and Deborah Ann Hobbick Dinardo.  She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather,Francis Kelly Hobbick; and paternal grandmother, Margaret Murray Dinardo; and her uncle, Patrick Raymond Hobbick  Christina graduated from West Henderson High School and East Carolina University.  She was employed with Morrow Insurance Company for ten years.  She volunteered with United Way's Relay for Life.  In addition to her parents; she is survived by her husband, Josh fisher; two sisters, Michelle Kathleen Dinardo and Danielle Angeline Dinardo and fiance, Ben Hill; one brother, Leonard Anthony Dinardo and wife, Hannah; her maternal grandmother, Linda Hobbick; paternal grandfather, Leonard Dinardo, Sr. and Godparents, Pam and Khris McCoy, Michael and Liz Dinardo; and numerous family members and friends.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am on Saturday, May 28th in the Sanctuary of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.  Burial will folow in Shepherd Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends from 6 until 7:30 pm Friday evening at Thomas Shepherd & son Funeral Home.  Thomas Shepherd & son Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.

Gary Wayne Drake

May 23, 2016

Gary Wayne Drake, age 66 of Hendersonville died Monday, May 23rd at the Solace Center after a long illness.  He was a loving dad, a brother, a grandfather and a great-grandfather.  He will be missed by many.  At Gary's request, no services are planned.  Jackson Funeral Service is assisting the family.

Perry W. Burke

May 23, 2016

Perry Warren Burke, age 79 of Asheville died Monday,Jay 23rd at Care Partners Solace Center after an extended illness.  He was a native of Henderson County and had lived n Buncombe County most of his life.  He was the son of the late Amos and Ruby Lee Carland Burke.  Perry served his country in the U S. Navy.  He retired from the State of N C as a corrections Officer in 1999.  He was of the Baptist faith.  He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.  He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Patrcia Peeler Burke; three children, Tena B. Williams and her husband Jmmy of Weavervlle, Perry "Bruzzy" Burke II and his wife Meryl of Candler, Tammy B. Staton and her husband Michael of Bent Creek; four grandchldren and one great grandson.  A memorial service will be held at 2 pm Friday, May 27th in the chapel of Forest Lawn Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1 until 2 pm in the Chapel.  Forest Lawn Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Loretta Gange

May 23, 2016

Loretta Gange, age 87 of Hendersonville died Monday, May 23rd.  Services will be held at a later date.  Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family.

John C. Edwards

May 23, 2016

John C. Edwards, age 92 of Hendersonville died Monday, May 23rd at Brookdale in Asheville.  He was born in Ridgewood, Queens, Long Island, New York.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Blanche C. Edwards, brothers Gerard and Anthony and sister, Theresa Edwards Alster.  He attended Grover Cleveland High School and Pratt Institute, where he received his BS degree in Electrcal Engineering and also taught clases in engineering.  He was a veteran of the U S Army, 10th Infantry Division during WWII, serving in Normandy, Central Europe, Northern France and Rhineland.  He received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Conspicuous Service Medal, European Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge and Good Conduct Medal representing Efficiency, Honor and Fidelity.  He also received a certified letter from the General of France for action in Normandy and other regions of France.  He had worked for Mergenthaler Linotype Company and was chief Engineer for the Holland Tunnel in New York.  John is survived by his son, Daniel and wife Elaine Edwards, grandson, Matthew and wife Laurie Edwards and granddaughter Sarah M.,  and her husband  David Anderson and several great grandchildren.  A graveside service with military honors will be held at 10 am on Thursday, May 26th at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.  Shuler Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Carrol David "Ganga" Halford

May 23, 2016

Carol David "Ganga" Halford, age 80 of Hendersonville died Monday, May 23rd at the Solace Center in Asheville.  He was a native and lifelong resident of Henderson County and was preceded in death by his wife Louise Blankenship Halford, his parents, David and Vauda Lance, a brother, Bob Halford and a brother-n-law, Arthur Blankenship.  He was a graduate of Flat Rock High School as a decorated athlete and retired from GE and attended Mud Creek Baptist Church.  Survivors are two daughters, Rhonda Summerville and her husband Pete of Hendersonville and Roxanne Glover and her husband Marvin of Mt. Pleasant, S. C. along with three grandaughters and other family members.  A funeral service will be held at 2 pm Saturday, May 28th at the Chapel in The Pines of Jackson Funeral Home.  Burial will follow at Shepherd Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 12:30t il 2 pm prior to the service in the chapel and at other times will be at Carrol's home.  Jackson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Audrey Davis

May 22, 2016

Mary Audrey Davis, age 93 of Hendersonville and formerly of Gastonia N. C. died Sunday, May 22nd at Mountain  View Assisted Living.  Jackson Funeral Service will announce the arrangements.,

Frank Schnyder

May 22, 2016

Frank Schnyder, age 81 of Henderosonville died Sunday, May 22nd at the Elizabeth House in Hendersonville.  He was the son of Siegfried and Carolina Schnyder who preceded him in death.  He is survived by the Schnyder family, his brother John and sister-in-law Pat, his son Brad, niece and nephew Joan and Michael and his great niece, Molly.  "Frankie" was born and raised in the Dana Community of Hendersonville.  He graduated from Dana High School and from Mars Hill College where he played basketball.  He was a U. S. Army Veteran.  He retired from Cranston Printworks with 40 years of service.  During his retirement, he worked with lifetime friend, Flaughn Lamb at Orchard Trace Golf Course.  Frankiie was something of a golf legend in Hendersonville, where he shot 7 holes in one while playing every course in the county many times.  Frankie loved Classical Music, Carolina Basketball and his ppe.  At Frank's request, there will be no service or visitation. Jackson Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements. 

Thomas Woodrow "Tommy" Souther

May 21, 2016

Thomas Woodrow "Tommy" Souther, age 89 of Mills River died Saturday, May 21st at the Elizabeth House.  He was a native of Henderson County, the son of D. T. and Reba Case Souther.  He was preceded in death by his wife of sixty-five years, Martha Goode Souther;  a brother, John Souther and two sisters, Florence Clay and Louise Houk.  He was a former deacon and elder at Mills River Presbyterian Church.  He drove a school bus nineteen years at Mills River Elementary School.  He retired from Ecusta Corporation in Brevard in 1985.  He was a founding and lifetime member of Mills River Fire and Rescue.  He was a Navy veteran, serving on the USS Reno as a fireman first Class.  He volunteered for many in the Mills River Community.  He is survived by two daughters, Barbara Cox of Etowah, Carolyn Christianson and her husband Fred of Horse Shoe along with Four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.  He is also survived by three brothers, Floyd Souther of Fletcher, Frank Souther and his wife, L. E. of Hemet, Ca. , Robert Souther of Mills River and several nieces and nephews.  A funeral will be held at 2 pm Tuesday at Mills River Presbyterian Church. Burial with Military and firefighter honors will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm Monday at Forest Lawn Funeral Home.  Forest Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. 

Hugh Chapman Minton, Jr.

May 21, 2016

Hugh Chapman Minton, Jr., age 97 of Hendersonville died May 21st at the Medcical Center of Carla Village.  He was bor n McKeesport, Pa.  He ws preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Lorraine Stacey Minton whom he married i 1949 n JNew Haven, Ct.  He is survived by his daughter, Helen Mihton Kjouf of Fletcher,k N. C.  along with several grandchidlren and great grandchildren.  Hugh's remains will be place dh the Covenant Presbyterian church Memorial Garden with private family services.  Shuler Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.