Dr. Robert D.
Candler - Dr. Robert Davies Garren, 78, of 103 Yarrow Lane, Candler, died Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at his home.
Born in Hendersonville on September 19, 1934, he was the son of the late Earl V. and Dorothy Davies Garren. Dr. Garren served the Asheville area as a dentist for over 35 years. He was a member of Merrimon Avenue Baptist Church and former member of West Asheville Baptist Church where he served faithfully for many years.
Dr. Garren served his country in the Army and was an active part of many professional and community organizations. In addition to holding other leadership positions, he was elected president of the North Carolina Dental Society and the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners. He was also inducted into the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. Throughout his life and career, Dr. Garren was blessed with many wonderful friends and staff.
The family is grateful for the caring and competent services provided by Memory Care, DayStay, Clare Bridge, Home Instead, and Care Partners Hospice during his battle with Alzheimers.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Mashburn Garren; daughter Ashley Garren Stewart and her husband Alan of Gastonia, daughter Kristi Garren Dockery and her husband Daniel of Candler; brother William R. Garren and his wife Patricia of Travelers Rest; and grandchildren Garren Keith Stewart, Grant Avery Dockery, Gentry Elizabeth Dockery and Myers Elizabeth Stewart.
Services will be held at 3:00 Saturday afternoon at Merrimon Avenue Baptist Church with Pastor Daniel L. Dockery officiating. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Candler.
The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:30 Friday evening at Groce Funeral Home in West Asheville.
Memorials may be made to Merrimon Avenue Baptist Church, 283 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, NC 28801.
The online register is available at www.grocefuneralhome.com