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LaFevers, James "Clyde" - Asheville  
James "Clyde" LaFevers Asheville - James "Clyde" LaFevers, 98, of Asheville died, Friday, July 3, 2015. He was born January 29, 1917 in Burke County to the late James Henderson LaFevers and Della Lee Giles LaFevers. Clyde was a graduate of Glen Alpine High School class of 1953 and a member of St. Paul Episcopal Church. He was a veteran of the US Army serving in World War II and receiving a purple heart. In addition to his parents, Clyde was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Maxine Kelly LaFevers; son, Keith Roger LaFevers; grandson, Kevin LaFevers; brothers, Ralph, Roy, Jack, Don, and Guy LaFevers; sisters, Eva Lonon and Elizabeth LaFevers; and longtime companion, Nell Chambers. Clyde is survived by his son, Dennis LaFevers and his wife, Terri of Asheville; brother, Ned LaFevers and wife, Doris of Morganton; grandchildren, Lindsey Thomsson and husband, Stephen, Lucas LaFevers and wife, Meagan, Keith LaFevers and wife, Julie and Karen McPherson and husband, Shea; great-grandchildren, Keiven LaFevers, Fisher McPherson and Jallen LaFevers and a step-great-grandson, Dylan Adkins. A celebration of Clyde's life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 7, 2015 in the Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with Rev. Ed Stephenson officiating. Burial will follow in the Gibbs Chapel Wesleyan Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 120 Executive Park #120, Asheville, NC 28801. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting .
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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on July 6, 2015
LaFrance, David  
David A. LaFrance, Sr. Old Fort - David A. LaFrance, Sr., 63, of Old Fort, passed away June 28, 2015. David was born January 5, 1952 in Massachusetts to the late Armand and Claire LaFrance. He was a Catholic altar boy, and former employee of Tyco Valve in Black Mountain. David was a Specialist in the US Army serving during two tours in the Vietnam War. He earned the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal. David is survived by his wife, Gail Hammann LaFrance; best friend and son, David LaFrance, Jr. (Kimberly); daughter, Lisa Manrique (Dan); stepchildren, Lori Hendershot, Tracy Castlebury, and Patrick Brian Park; and 11 grandchildren. The family will receive friends Thursday, July 2, 2015 from 8:15 to 9:00 am in the Chapel of Harwood Home for Funerals. The funeral service will follow at 9:00 am at the funeral home. The rite of committal will follow at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery at 10:00 am. Arrangements are in the care of Harwood Home for Funerals.
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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on June 30, 2015
Lederer, Doris - Asheville  
Doris Lane Lederer Asheville - Doris Lederer, 97, passed away June 27th in her home at Givens Estates with two of her daughters by her side. The daughter of Frank and Alma Lane, Doris was born on November 28, 1917 and raised on a farm in Bellefontaine, Ohio. She attended Bowling Green University where she majored in education and was elected to both the honorary education and debate fraternities. She taught school in Ohio for two years before marrying her soulmate, Edwin Lederer, in 1941. They lived in Schenectady, New York during the war years and moved to Syracuse, New York in 1946 where they lived for 35 years. During this time she received an associate degree in Social Work from Syracuse University. She was a skilled graphoanalyst and enjoyed using those skills at many, varied fund-raising events over the years. No matter the person, she always found positive things to say from analyzing his or her handwriting! For 25 years in Syracuse, she was extremely involved with international graduate students and their families who truly became part of her family. In 1981, Doris and Ed moved to Asheville, NC where they lived in Lakeview Park. They were charter members of the College for Seniors (now OLLI) and active volunteers for a wide variety of organizations. After her husband's death in 2006, Doris moved to Givens Estates. At Givens, Doris was a member of the spelling bee team which won the Buncombe County spelling contest. She was extremely active physically -- working out every morning, swimming twice a week and line dancing every Saturday morning. In 2012-2013, she swam in the Senior Games of Buncombe County, the state Senior Games in Raleigh and the national Senior Games in Cleveland, Ohio in the 95-99 year old category. Doris's life was characterized by an openness of heart and generosity of spirit for people from all walks of life. It is from this that she developed a worldwide network of friends and family, fed by her lifelong involvement with the international community through volunteering and hosting. She inspired others by her positive attitude, curiosity and open mind. She and Ed were true humanitarians, touching lives in enduring ways. Her memorial service will be held at the Chapel at Givens Estates on Friday, July 10th at 2 p.m. There will be a small reception following. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to MANNA Foodbank ( or 627 Swannanoa River Road, Asheville, NC 28805) or CarePartners Foundation ( or P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813) or a charity of your choice. Condolences can be made to the family at
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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times from July 5 to July 8, 2015
Long, Joan - Asheville  
Joan Hunter Long Asheville - Joan Hunter Long, "Mommy L", passed away from this world June 28. She is survived by husband, Charlie; her children, Michael, David, Catie; and stepson, Chuck. Joanie was a blessing to family and friends and believed laughter to be the best medicine. She will be missed dearly. A memorial service is planned for November 7, 2015.
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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on July 2, 2015
Lord, Mabel Virginia - Glenville  
Mabel Virginia Lord, 87, Glenville, died 06-22-2015. Arrangements: Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.
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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on July 1, 2015
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