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Asheville - William Mitchell Carlisle Jr., 72, of Asheville, North Carolina and Edisto Beach, South Carolina died on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at his home in Asheville. Bill was born in Anderson, South Carolina on May 6, 1941. He was the son of the late Mitchell and Phyllis Brennan Carlisle. He graduated from Boys High in Anderson, South Carolina, in 1959, and Wake Forest University, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 1963. While an undergraduate at Wake Forest, he played varsity football and was an active member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. After graduating he served as LTJG in the US Navy and then went on to earn an MBA from Wake Forest University in 1979. He moved to Asheville with his family in 1981 and eventually opened his own businesses, M&S Processing and Mountain Textiles. Bill was an active member of the community. He was on the board of the Asheville Mountain Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, served as an Elder at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, and was a strong supporter of the YMCA of Western North Carolina. He was also actively involved as a member of the Country Club of Asheville where he served as President from 1998-99, and was a past member of the Rhododendron Royal Brigade of Guards. Bill was also passionate about Edisto Island and worked to maintain its beauty and restore its natural waterways.
Preceding him in death are his parents, his wife, Charlotte Vannoy Carlisle, and son, William Mitchell Carlisle III. He is survived by his daughter, Shannan Vannoy Carlisle, of Charleston, South Carolina, her fiancé, Stephen Mark Nettles, Jr., and their son Stephen Mark Nettles, III. He is also survived by his sister, Pat Heilig and her husband, Robert; brothers, Stephen, Jimmy and Michael, and their wives Ginger, Ellie, and Patricia as well as many nieces and nephews. Bill also left behind his loving friend, Carolyn Alexander.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Reverend Mark Ramsey officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the following charities: Charlotte Carlisle Scholarship Fund at the YMCA of Western North Carolina, 30 Woodfin Street, Asheville, NC 28801; Mitchell Carlisle Scholarship Fund through the Community Foundation of Western, NC, 4 Vanderbilt Park Drive, Suite 303, Asheville, NC 28803 or Asheville Mountain Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, 100 Edgewood Road, Asheville, NC 28804
Morris Funeral Home, 304 Merrimon Avenue is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent through the website www.morrisfamilyfuneralhome.com
Morris Funeral Home
304 Merrimon Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Dec. 13, 2013