Judy Stills (1948 - 2014)

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Judy Elaine Stills

Asheville - Judy Elaine Stills, a longtime resident of Asheville and Fairview, died in her Asheville home Thursday, January 23rd. Ms. Stills was a well-known business woman, club owner, and local personality, best known in NC for her nightclubs; The Cockatoo, Club 54, and 45 Cherry. Previously she was a partner in Fast Lane, LTD, a stock car racing team.

Judy Stills lived her life to the fullest each and every day, and inspired those around her to do the same. Her sense of humor was witty and infectious, her charm and beauty made us all fall in love with her, and her strength both protected and inspired us. Her philosophy was to dance every dance and master her life experiences rather than allowing them to master her. She believed that if you could dream it, you could be it, and that's how she raised her child and lived her life. She was an astute businesswoman, a community advocate, a wonderful and supportive mother, a loving aunt and sibling, a treasured daughter, and she was well loved and respected by the Asheville community.

She was preceded in death by her parents Paul and Novella Stills of Fairview. She is survived by her partner of 25 years Anthony E. Hawthorne, her daughter Michele (Khiki) Elaine Stills Davis and her partner Dana Leight, and her siblings: Linda Stills and partner Russell Thomas, Don Stills and his wife Susan, Bill Stills, Edna Roberson, Kent Stills, Steve Stills and his wife Teresa, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Ms. Judy, you are already missed.

A Memorial Service will be held at 7:00PM on Monday January 27 in the chapel of Morris Funeral Home, 304 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, NC 28801. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Condolences may be sent through the website, www.morrisfamilyfuneralhome.com

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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Jan. 26, 2014
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