Ruth Wagoner

Ruth Pressley Wagoner

Swannanoa - Ruth Wright Pressley Wagoner, 82, of Swannanoa, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, May 4, 2013, at Flesher's Fairview Nursing Home following a brief battle with congestive heart failure.

Mrs. Wagoner was born in Greer, SC, to the late Hugh and Beulah Huntley Wright. She was preceded in death by her first husband, J.L. Pressley, a twin brother, Ralph Wright, and a sister, Mildred Wright Buckner.

Mrs. Wagoner was a graduate of Oakley High School and worked most of her life at C.P. Clare, Kellwood, and Bussman Mfg. Co. She was an active member of Grassy Branch Baptist Church where she was a member of the Adult Sunday School Class.

She is survived by her husband, Martin L. Wagoner; one son, Lane Pressley and his wife, Angela; Martin's daughters, Diane Ogle and her husband, Jim, and Kathy Wilson and her husband, Hank, and Martin's four grandchildren and great-grandchild; two brothers, J.C. (James) Wright and his wife, Shirley, and Keith Wright and his wife, Angie; three nieces, Cindy Jordan and husband, Harry, Susie Wright, and Jami Garrett and husband, Steven; as well as numerous nieces and nephews in the Pressley family.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Grassy Branch Baptist Church with the Rev. Ken Sausedo officiating. Interment will follow at Cane Creek Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue where Mrs. Wagoner will remain until being placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. At other times the family will be at the son's home.

The family expresses sincere appreciation to the staff at Flesher's for the loving care and compassion they provided during Mrs. Wagoner's final days.

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Funeral Home

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

Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on May 6, 2013