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Walker, Dr. Philip Alfred - Asheville  
Dr. Philip Alfred Walker Asheville - Dr. Philip Alfred Walker, 96, of Asheville died Tuesday, May 31, 2016. He was born in 1919 in Winston-Salem, NC to the late Robert B. and Naomi W. Walker. He was also preceded in death by his wife of over 50 years, Grace E. Walker; his son, Philip A. "Pete" Walker, Jr.; his sisters, Josephine W. Shaffner and Nancy W. Wooten and brothers, Robert H., David R. and John Seth Walker. He is survived by his children, Kelly Paul (Bryson), Elaine Potter (Annika) and Jenny Louise Davids (Scott); his grandchildren, Taylor, Betty, Maggie and Wesley Walker. John, Robert and Peter Davids and William and Nate Potter. He often said his family was his greatest treasure and this certainly would include his in-laws, nieces and nephews. His formal education includes A.B. at Chapel Hill as Phi Beta Kappa student, an M. A. from Emory University, a Ph.D. from Chapel Hill, and a year at the University of Paris as a Fullbright Scholar. Serving in the military four years during World War II, he was fortunate in not having been called for combat duty. The closest he came to combat was when he was sent to the Philippines in 1945 to the Division Artillery of the 6th Infantry, which was scheduled to play a major part in the invasion of Japan, with estimates of 30% casualties - (which, as you know, never took place). The troops were used instead to occupy the cities in Korea from which the Japanese had been evicted. His last military assignment was active mayor of a small seaport in southeast Korea. Dr. Walker was a professor at UNCA for 30 years, where he helped establish the much admired liberal arts curriculum and played a major role in organizing interdisciplinary Humanities Court which has come to have nationwide recognition. Serving for many years as Division chairman and Department head (history), Dr. Walker also played a major role in advocating for a colleague in a sex discriminations suit which was a turning point for better pay and equal opportunities for women throughout the UNC system. An active member of Grace Episcopal church, Dr. Walker served as Senior Warden, vestry member and Lay reader - among other things. As a lifelong music lover, he was a founding member (and baritone horn player) in the Asheville Community Band. He also served many years as board member and former president of the Asheville Chamber Music Series. He would certainly have wanted mention made here of his affection for and appreciation of the group of close friends, called the Sweat Hogs, who played handball together three times a week over the course of many, many years. Dr. Walker played his last game shortly after turning 90. A memorial service will be held 1:00 PM, Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Avenue with The Reverend Gary Coffey officiating. Morris Funeral Home, 304 Merrimon Avenue is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent through the website www.morrisfamilyfuneralhome.com
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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times from June 1 to July 22, 2016
Whitaker, Beatrice - Asheville  
Beatrice Whitaker Asheville - Beatrice Jane "Sis" Burnette Whitaker, 84, of Asheville, passed away June 22, 2016. She was born in Buncombe County to the late Earnest Talmadge "Tom" and Mary Sagle Wilson Burnette, and has resided in Asheville all her life. Mrs. Whitaker is survived by her husband, Charles Whitaker; sister, Betty Stroupe of Asheville and several nieces and nephews. No services are to be held. Condolences may be made at www.AshevilleMortuaryServices.com
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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on June 26, 2016

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Werhan, Joan - Asheville  
Joan Smith Werhan Loving Mother and Friend to All Asheville - Lois Joan Smith Werhan, 76, of Asheville, passed away Sunday, June 12, 2016 at Mission Hospital. Joan is preceded in death by her husband, Charles "Gus" Werhan; her parents, Oswald "Monk" and Blanche King Smith; brother, Charlie Smith; and sister, Nancy Duvall. Joan is survived by her children: Michael Werhan (Kathy) and Teresa Werhan; one brother-in-law, Fred Werhan (Pat); sister, Pat Lindsley (John); along with many nieces and nephews. She graduated from Lee Edwards High Class of 1958 and received her nursing degree from AB Technical Community College. She went on to work at St. Joseph Hospital, for Dr. Richard Nailing's office and later retired from the Buncombe County Sheriff's Department as a jailer. She enjoyed being out in the sunshine, watching Tarheel basketball and watching Kyle Bush race. She had several wonderful friends and many that she truly loved as her family. She will be missed by all. A celebration of life will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Smoky Mountain Chapel with Reverend Fred Werhan officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to services. Smoky Mountain Cremations and Funeral Service of Clyde is caring for the family and the online register is available at www.smokymountaincremations.com .
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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times from June 14 to June 23, 2016
Willett, Phil - Weaverville  
Rev. Phil J. Willett WEAVERVILLE - Rev. Phil J. Willett, age 72, went to be with his Lord and Savior Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at the Charles George VA Medical Center. Rev. Willett was born December 14, 1943 in Spring Creek, Madison County to the late Hardy and Motelle Woody Willett. He was a Vietnam Vet and served in the US Army from 1964-1966. Rev. Willett had preached throughout North Carolina and parts of Eastern TN for the past 40 years; serving as pastor in various churches in Buncombe and Madison County. He retired as a truck driver from Peak Energy. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Elwanda W. Crowder and brothers, Devoah, Roemane and Bobby Gerald Willett. Phil loved his family and was very proud of them. Surviving are his wife of almost 49 years, Joyce Faye Conner Willett; daughters, Lynette Willett, Tammy W. Ballard and husband Eddie and Christie W. Stewart and husband Chad; seven grandchildren, Dustin Ballard, Zachary Ballard and wife Taylor, Brianna Ballard, Collin Wheeler, Gage VanEtten, Alex Stewart and Abby Stewart; one great grandchild, Maxen Ballard; brothers, Gerome Willett and Benny Willett; sisters-in-law, Hilda Willett and Ada Willett and mother-in-law, Clara Conner. His funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 24, 2016 in the Chapel of West Funeral Home with Reverends Raymond Cantrell, Frank Willett and Garland Rice officiating Burial will be in Ashelawn Gardens of Memory, Asheville. The family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Flowers are welcome or donations may be made to the Charles George VA Hospice, 1100 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805. The family would like to express their appreciation to the VA Hospice for all their care. For those who desire, condolences may be offered to the family under Rev. Willett's obituary at www.WestFamilyFuneralServices.com .
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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on June 23, 2016
Wolleson, Eric S. - Lima, Oh  
Eric S. Wolleson, 53, Lima, OH, died 06-14-2016. Arrangements: Coldren-Crates Funeral Homes.
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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on June 23, 2016
Wright Jr., Jewell "J.C." - Candler  
Jewell "J.C." Wright, Jr. Candler - Jewell "J.C." Wright, Jr., 56, of Candler, died on Monday, June 20, 2016. A lifelong resident of Buncombe Co., J.C. was a son of the late Jewell Carlton, Sr., and Barbara Woody Wright. He was also preceded in death by his son, Jacob Wright, and special friend, Bo Davis. Mr. Wright worked for Milko Inc. for 28 years. He loved the lake, mowing and the outdoors, and college football, especially Clemson. He filmed for Asheville High School football for 15 years. He had been a member of New Morgan Hill Baptist Church. Mr. Wright is survived by his daughter, Kristie Wright; grandchildren, Cressida, Mason, Joseph, Sharon, and Lexi; and best friend, Greg Smith. The memorial services for Mr. J.C. Wright, Jr. and Mrs. Lynette Wright will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 24, 2016, at Trinity Baptist Church of Asheville. The Revs. Roger Boone and Allen Rash will officiate. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday at the church, prior to the service. At other times, the family will gather at 80 Misty Ridge Lane, Leicester. Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family, and the online register is available at www.grocefuneralhome.com .
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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on June 23, 2016
Wright, Lynette Rice - Candler  
Lynette Rice Wright Candler - Lynette Rice Wright, 57, of Candler, died on Monday, June 20, 2016. A lifelong resident of Buncombe Co., Lynette was a daughter of the late Loy J. and Frances Rice. She was also preceded in death by her son, Jacob Wright, and special friend, Bo Davis. Mrs. Wright worked as an x-ray technician for 30 years. She lived for the lake, loved music, and was an avid college football fan, especially of Clemson. She filmed for Asheville High School football for 15 years. She had been a member of New Morgan Hill Baptist Church, and was also a former member of Red Oak Baptist Church, in Marshall. Mrs. Wright is survived by her daughter, Kristie Wright; sister, Stephanie Edmonds (Lucky), of Candler; brothers, Danny Rice (Sharon) and Jeff Rice (Terri), all of Marshall; grandchildren, Cressida, Mason, Joseph, Sharon, and Lexi; and nieces and nephews, Cory, Jeffery Aaron, Kelly, April, Jennifer, and Luke. The memorial services for Mrs. Lynette Wright and Mr. J.C. Wright, Jr. will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 24, 2016, at Trinity Baptist Church of Asheville. The Revs. Roger Boone and Allen Rash will officiate. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday at the church, prior to the service. At other times, the family will gather at 80 Misty Ridge Lane, Leicester, NC 28748. Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family, and the online register is available at www.grocefuneralhome.com .
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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on June 23, 2016

Obituaries from the Past Week

Welch, Thomas - Bryson City  
Thomas Jackson Welch (Jack) Bryson City - Thomas Jackson Welch (Jack), 89, of Bryson City, passed away, Friday, June 17, 2016 at Mountain View Manor. A native of Swain County, he was the son of the late Thomas and Lavada Davis Welch, and husband of the late Moeina Welch. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran having served in World War II. He was Bryson City Town Manger for 30 years. In addition to his wife and parents, he was also preceded in death by four sisters, Blanche Cookston, Margaret Higdon, Dess Cogdill, and Louise Tabor, and one brother, Edward Welch. Jack is survived by one daughter, Jackie Welch McLeod and husband Danny of Whittier; one son John Welch of Lake Charles, LA; one grandson Danny McLeod Jr. and wife Emily of Bryson City; two great grandchildren, Haley and Dylan McLeod both of Bryson City; several nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Monday at Crisp Funeral Home Chapel. Dr. John Tagliarini will officiate with burial at Swain Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00 PM Monday at the Funeral Home.
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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times from June 18 to June 20, 2016
Wells, Belita Kay - Lenoir  
Belita Kay Wells Lenoir - Beleta Kay Wells, 69 of Lenoir, NC, passed away Friday, June 10, 2016 at Fleshers of Fairview in Fairview, NC. Beleta is preceded in death by her father, Lawrence Thomas Wells; mother, Annie Mae Ferguson Garnes; son, Kenneth Lee Potts and brother, Ralph Wells. Surviving Beleta is her son, Wayne Potts and wife Sara of Leicester, NC; daughter Regina Phillips and husband Brian of Boomer, NC; sisters, Virginia Allen of Mars Hill, NC, Sandra Arthur and husband Lewis of Weaverville, NC, Mary W. Ferguson of Spring Creek, NC, Sherry Ferguson and husband Larry of Leicester, NC, June Osbourne and husband Dale of Leicester, NC; brothers, Carol Wells of Candler, NC, Jerry Wells of Waynesville, NC; granddaughters, Heather Phillips of Boomer NC, Brianna Potts of Leicester, NC; grandsons, Cody Phillips of Boomer, NC, Tyler Boyd of Leicester, NC, and 20 nieces and nephews. Services will be held at a later date with Reverend Billy Ferguson officiating. A Burial will follow at Woody Cemetery. Condolences can be made to the family at www.ashevilleareaalternative.com
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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on June 19, 2016
Willett, Rev. Phil J. - Weaverville  
Rev. Phil J. Willett, 72, Weaverville, died 06-21-2016. Arrangements: West Funeral Home.
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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on June 22, 2016
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