Tonia Pelkey


Gamaliel, KY - Tonia Putnam Pelkey, 40, went to be with the Lord Saturday, Dec. 29. A native of Buncombe County, she was living in Gamaliel, Ky. She was previously employed at Putnam's Body Shop in Asheville for 18 years. Tonia was a generous person, and her greatest love was her family. She was also passionate about animals and had rescued many strays to give them a good home.

She is survived by her husband, John Pelkey of Gamaliel; her son, Coty Cole; and her parents, Tommy and Zora Putnam of Asheville. A memorial service will be held Thursday, Jan. 3, at 7 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church in Asheville. The Rev. Mark Lewis and Rev. Charles Phillips will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the American Red Cross.

Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Jan. 3, 2013