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Nolan Le Van

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NOLAN GERALD (GERRY) LE VAN

BLACK MOUNTAIN - Nolan Gerald (Gerry) Le Van of Black Mountain, North Carolina, died on Saturday, July 28, 2012 in Asheville, North Carolina.

Le Van was born to Nolan Guinn and Mary Bell Le Van in Tulsa, Oklahoma on July 10, 1934. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and a Juris Doctor from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was an officer in the United States Coast Guard.

In 1957, Le Van married the love of his life Sara Nell Ashworth of Shreveport, Louisiana. The couple lived in Louisiana from 1959 to 1990, where Le Van was a trust and estates lawyer and law professor. In 1990, Gerry and Sara moved to Black Mountain, North Carolina where Le Van, a specialist in family business mediation, formed The Le Van Company.

An international consultant and speaker, Le Van authored six books and served on the editorial boards of two national magazines. He was a Fellow of the Family Firm Institute, a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, a member of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, and former Trustee of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Foundation.

Gerald Le Van is survived by wife, Sara Le Van of Black Mountain, North Carolina; children, Elizabeth Riley of Raleigh, North Carolina, Guy Le Van of Orofino, Idaho, and Marthe Le Van of Asheville, North Carolina; and granddaughters, Sara Riley (Carrboro, N.C.), Kate Riley (Raleigh, N.C.), and Caroline Le Van (Conway, Ark.).

A memorial service celebrating the life of Gerald Le Van will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 2, 2012 at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, Black Mountain, North Carolina. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry, Black Mountain Presbyterian Church Music Ministry, or to the . The family extends special appreciation to the wonderful staff at the John F. Keever, Jr. Solace Center in Asheville.

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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times from July 31 to Aug. 2, 2012
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