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Obituary Archive

Deloress Diane Bane

April 23, 2015

Deloress Diane Bane, age 68 of Dana died Thursday, April 23rd at Mission Hospital Memorial Campus.  Shuler Funeral Home will announce the arrangements..

Brett Gregory Day

April 22, 2015

Brett Gregory Day, age 52 of Hendersonville died Wednesday, April 22nd.  He is survived by his loving wife, Dora.  No services are scheduled.  Asheville Mortuary Services is assisting the family.

Cary Len Boggs

April 22, 2015

Cary Len Boggs, age 50 died April 22nd at Park Ridge Hospital in Fletcher.  Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Donald I. Roseboro Funeral Service.

Jewelle M. Owens

April 22, 2015

Jewelle M. Owens, age 74 of Zircnoia died Wednesday, April 22nd at Pardee Hospital following an exended illness.  Forest Lawn Funeral Home will announce the arrangements.

Randy R. Levi

April 20, 2015

Randy R. Levi, age 60, formerly of Hendersonville died Monday, April 20th in Hampton, Va.  A graveside service will be held at 1 pm Saturday, April 25th in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.  Forest Lawn Funeral Home is assisting the family with local arrangements.


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

McFarland Funeral Chapel
Tryon, N.C.BertBrowning

Amelia Pompeo

April 19, 2015

Amelia Pompeo,age 92 of Hendersonville died Sunday, April 19th,.  She was formerly of New Jersey.  Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Bettie Ragan Case

April 19, 2015

Bettie Ragan Case, age 88 of Hendersonville died Sunday, April 18th. She was born in Knoxville, Tn.  She was preceded in death by her husbands, Jack Crawford Ragan and Winford Case, a brother, William Alonzo Naugher, Jr. and sister-in-law Mary Henderson Naugher, both of Knoxville.  She resided in Henderson County for 50 years and retired from First Citizens Bank as a branch manager after 17 years of service.  She was a member of Mud Creek Baptist Church.  She is survived by her daughter Martha Ragan Huggins and husband, Mace; grandaghter, Ragan Huggins Ward and husband Sean; grandson, Jack Fleming Huggins and wife, Elena, and 4 great grandchildren.  A funeral service will be held at 4 pm Wednesday, April 22nd at Mud Creek Baptist Church,.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.  Burial will be private at Clarks Grove Cemetery in Maryville, Tenn.  Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

A. C. Lackey, Jr.

April 16, 2015

A. C. Lackey, Jr., age 81 of Edneyville died Thursday, April 16th at the Elizabeth House.  He was born in Greenville, S. C., and had lived in Henderson County for most of his life. He was preceded in death by his parents, A. C. Lackey, Sr. and Mozelle Moore and a brother Jerry Lackey.  He served in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict.  He retired from Belk's Department Store after 26 years of service.  He was a member of St. Paul Episcopal Curch, the Edneyville Grange and the Edneyville Community Club.He is survived by hs wife of 60 years, Barbara Lyda Lackey, Two daughters,Carol Lynn Lackey and Terry Gail Baker and her husband Jeff all of Edneyville, a Brother Eddie "Ed" Moore of Shreveport, La. and three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  A visitation will be held Friday, April 24th from 6 to 8 pm at Jackson Funeral Service.  A memorial service will be held at 10 am Saturday, April 25th at St. Paul Episcopal Church, 1657 St. Paul Road.  Interment will follow in St. Paul Community Cemetery with mililtary rites conducted by the Henderson County Honor Guard.  The family will receive friends following the service in the Fellowship Hall and at other times will be at the home. Jackson Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.