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Garland, William Edward - Bakersville  
William Edward Garland, 77, Bakersville, died 07-29-2015. Arrangements: Henline-Hughes Funeral Home.
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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on July 31, 2015

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Garrison, Louise - Lagrange  
Louise Morris Garrison LaGrange, GA - Louise Morris Garrison, formerly of Asheville, NC, passed away July 28, 2015, at the age of 98. The daughter of Roy and Ethel Morris, Louise was born March 13, 1917 in Weaverville, NC, where she grew up. She was the third of ten children, the only girl. She graduated from the Asheville Normal and Teachers College and spent her professional life as an elementary school teacher, primarily at Haw Creek Elementary School in Asheville. In 1941, shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, she married William Thomas Garrison, a marriage of 64 years, which ended with his death in 2006. Louise is survived by her son, David L. (Donna Barger) Garrison of LaGrange; two grandsons, Will of Minneapolis and Steven of Boston; and one brother, James Morris of Weaverville, NC. She was a long-time devoted member of Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church in Asheville. A memorial service will be held in the chapel at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, at 2:00 PM Friday, July 31, 2015. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church, 171 Beaverdam Road, Asheville, NC 28804. Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting www.shlagrange.com . Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 884-8636
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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on July 30, 2015
Griffin, Ella - Asheville  
Ella Jeanne Hardee Griffin Asheville - Ella Jeanne Hardee Griffin, 88, of Asheville, peacefully passed away in her home on July 28, 2015. Jeanne was born in Atlanta, Georgia on July 17, 1927. She was the daughter of the late Franklin Hardee and Helen Holbrook Hardee. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her brother, Frank Hardee and sisters, Irene Hardee and Kathleen Hardee Stowe. She is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, William Lapsley Griffin Sr.; her children, William "Bill" Lapsley Griffin Jr. and his wife, Lynne, of Henderson, NC; Andrew "Drew" Hardee Griffin and wife of Florence, SC; and Kathleen "Kady" Griffin Hendrix and her husband, Ty, of Brevard; and her grandchildren: Elizabeth Griffin Moore, Mary Griffin, Bill Hendrix and Jack Hendrix; and her great granddaughter Aylett Moore. She was very close with her other surviving family members, Richard and Alice Griffin of Asheville and their children, Richard and Lynne Griffin; Eddie and Aylett Burchfiel; Todd and Stephanie Griffin; Abigail Griffin and Rees Perry; Trooper and Barbara Irving of Canyon Lake, Texas; William Stowe Jr.; Glen and Mary Stowe; and Jane Stowe McDade of Charlotte, NC; Beth and Keith Hale of Winston Salem, NC. The youngest of four children, Jeanne grew up in Moultrie, GA. She graduated from Queens College in Charlotte, NC in 1948. She then married William Lapsley Griffin of Asheville, NC. Jeanne and Bill fell in love on the day they met and were always inseparable. They lived in Asheville for over 60 years raising their family. She was an amazing Spanish teacher at Asheville Country Day for 20 years. She loved her students and guided them to a better life. She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. She directed the adult and children's choirs and taught Sunday school for many years. Her friends and family surrounded her all of her life. In her retirement years she enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren as well as mountain biking and tennis. Jeanne will be remembered as a gentle spirit, and a loving person who was always available to listen, and be a friend to all. Funeral Services for Jeanne Griffin will be held at 12:00 noon, on Thursday, July 30, 2015 in the chapel of Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain, NC. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Connect Church via cchurchnc.com/donate . To leave a condolence for the Griffin family, please visit "obituaries" at www.moore-fh.com . Moore Funeral Home & Cremation Services is serving the family.
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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times from July 29 to July 30, 2015

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Gray, Margie - Candler  
Margie Clark Sprinkle Gray Candler - Margie Clark Sprinkle Gray, 93, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, July 24, 2015 at Aston Park Health Care. A native of Madison County, she resided in Buncombe County most of her life. She was the daughter of the late Parley Lee and Maude Shipley Clark. She was also preceded in death by her husbands: Julian Andrew Sprinkle, and O.C. Gray; sisters: Alene Fowler, and Lucille Israel; and brothers: Albert Clark and Hugh Clark. Margie retired from Square D in 1987 after more than 25 years of service, and was a devoted member for 66 years of New Morgan Hill Baptist Church (Lake Hills) where she taught Sunday School for several years. She was an avid gardener and always enjoyed being outdoors. Surviving are her daughters: Gaye Blankenship (Joe) of Candler, and Joyce Blankenship (Roy) of Candler; sisters: Lois Sprinkle (Charles) of Candler, and Vera Price of Melvindale, MI; grandchildren: Annette Blankenship of Candler, Brent Blankenship (Sarah) of Candler, Jill Blankenship of Charlotte, and Andy Blankenship (Susan) of Candler; great grandchildren: Lauren Jamison (Will) of Adana, Turkey, Hannah Blankenship of Candler, Drew Blankenship of Candler, and Brittany Parker (Brett) of Candler; great great grandchildren: Evan Blankenship of Candler, and Aubrey Jamison of Adana, Turkey; and by many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 6:00 PM Sunday at Lake Hills Church, 370 Lake Drive, Candler, with Pastor James Walker and Rev. Gerald Sprinkle officiating. The family will receive friends from 4:00 - 5:30 PM Sunday at the church, and at other times at the residence of Roy and Joyce Blankenship, 583 Enka Lake Road in Candler where she made her home for the past 18 months. Anders-Rice Funeral Home is assisting the Family. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of Aston Park Health Care for the compassionate and loving care that they provided in Margie's final days. To sign Mrs. Gray's guestbook on-line, please go to "Memorials" at www.andersrice.com .
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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on July 26, 2015
Griffith, Ralph - Knoxville  
Ralph Edwin Griffith Asheville - Ralph Edwin Griffith, who worked for a President, U.S. senator and a governor after a newspaper career, died Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at his residence in Asheville, NC. When he retired in 1987 he was director of the U.S. Senate Radio/Television Recording Studio, which was located in the basement of the U.S. Capitol. It capped a career that began in his hometown of Bluefield, WV, as a reporter on the Bluefield Daily Telegraph. He also worked on the Bluefield Sunset News and then moved to The Knoxville (TN) Journal, where he remained for 17 years Griffith resigned from The Journal in 1968, while political editor, to become press secretary for former U.S. Sen. Howard H. Baker R - TN. He returned to Tennessee in 1971 to be press director and to help manage the successful campaign of former Gov. Winfield Dunn. Dunn became the first Republican governor of that state in 50 years. He served four years in Governor Dunn's cabinet before returning to Washington in 1975 where he was appointed director of congressional/press relations in the Office of Telecommunications Policy, Executive Office of President Ford. In 1977 he was appointed executive director of the National Republican Governors Association and in 1981 was named director of the radio/television studio, which served Republican and Democrat members of the U.S. Senate. He directed the installation of cameras and trained the first operators when that body first provided television signals for broadcast. He installed the first fiber optic cable in Washington to be used for television, which gave senators access to news programs all over the world from the basement of the Senate. He moved to Asheville in 1989. Griffith was a veteran of WWII, serving on the submarine U.S.S. Piranha in the Pacific Theater of Operations. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Gail Henderson Griffith; sons, Alan Griffith, of Rockford, IL, and Ed Griffith, of Knoxville, TN; daughters, Cynthia Griffith, of Demorest, GA, and Mary Sadler (Jeff), of Boulder, CO; step-son, Chip Forward and step-daughter, Diane Davis, both of Baltimore, MD; many grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and sister, JoAnne Styron of Marion, VA. He was preceded in death by a son, Andrew Griffith. Memorials may be made to CarePartners Hospice, P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC, 28813; or to the Maine State Troopers Assoc., 28 Meadows Rd., Augusta, ME, 04330. Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Rd. is assisting the family and the online memorial is available at www.grocefuneralhome.com .
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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on July 27, 2015
Griffith, Ralph - Asheville  
Ralph Griffith, 89, Asheville. Arrangements: Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road.
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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on July 24, 2015
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