Brian Lavelle

Brian F. D.

Lavelle, Sr.

Asheville - Brian Francis David Lavelle, Sr., 71, passed away in his home on Sunday, November 18, 2012.

A native of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, he was the son of the late Gerald John and Mary Josephine O'Callaghan Lavelle.

He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1963. He went on to earn his law degree from Vanderbilt University and his Masters degree in taxation from NYU. Brian also served as a Captain in the US Air Force JAG Corps. Following his active duty service, he moved to Asheville and began a very long and prestigious career at the Van Winkle Law Firm. He was a distinguished member of the North Carolina Bar serving twice on the board of Governors. He was a Fellow and Former Regent of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law.

In addition to his law career, Brian was an active member of the Asheville community and served on the Board of trustees for Asheville Country Day, and on the advisory board for the Salvation Army. He was a member of the Rotary, the Board of the Community Foundation of WNC, the Rhododendron Brigade and the Biltmore Forest Country Club. He was a member of All Saints Waccamaw in Pawleys Island, South Carolina.

Brian is survived by his wife, Sara Hill Lavelle; three children, Francis Lavelle, Jr. and his wife, Junestka, of Marietta, GA, Lisa Bowen and her husband John, of Asheville and Katy Simpson and her husband, Joel, of Richmond, VA; seven grandchildren, Brian the 3rd, Sam, Lilianna, Oliver, Alessa, Peter and Michael. Also surviving are Brian's sister, Kathleen Heffernan and brother, Neal Lavelle, both of Cleveland, Ohio and nieces and nephews.

A funeral service is scheduled for 11:00 am Wednesday in Trinity Episcopal Church. Burial will be 2:00 pm Saturday at All Saints Waccamaw Old Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salvation Army or the Community Foundation of WNC.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family and the memorial register is available at


Funeral Home

Groce Funeral Home
1401 Patton Avenue Asheville, NC 28806
(828) 252-3535

Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times from Nov. 19 to Nov. 21, 2012