Shirley Pike Swilling (1913 - 2014)

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Shirley Pike Swilling

Arden - Shirley Pike Swilling, 100, of Arden, died on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at the Oaks of Sweeten Creek.

A native of Baltimore, MD, Mrs. Swilling was a daughter of the late Dr. Exum Leroy Pike and Grace Wootton Pike. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Thomas W. Swilling; sisters, Lucille Penley, Jean Tanner, Evelyn Plamondon, and Henrietta Pettit; and brother, Exum Leroy Pike, Jr.

Mrs. Swilling had worked at American Enka and Sayles Bleachery. She was a member of West Asheville Baptist Church, where she also worked in the daycare.

Shirley was an inspiration to all that knew her, and her greatest joy was being able to help those in need. Her sense of humor was unsurpassed and she was an absolute joy to be around. Shirley loved her family and never missed any family events.

She is survived by her daughter, Lucy Rohrbaugh and husband Rick, of Arden; grandchildren, Megan Stewart (Ken), Andrew Rohrbaugh (Jessica), and Stuart Rohrbaugh; great-grandchildren, Riley and Kendall Stewart, and Mia Rohrbaugh; and sister, Carolyn Metcalf of Black Mountain.

Mrs. Swilling requested that her body be donated to the Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

A memorial service for Mrs. Swilling will be on Monday at 4:00 p.m. in the Groce Funeral Home chapel on Patton Ave. with the Rev. Dr. Stan Welch officiating.

Her family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to West Asheville Baptist Church, 926 Haywood Rd., Asheville, NC 28806.

The online register is available at


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Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
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Asheville, NC 28806
(828) 252-3535
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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Apr. 6, 2014
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