Asheville Citizen-Times from Asheville, North Carolina on January 22, 2021 · A6
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Asheville, North Carolina
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Friday, January 22, 2021
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6A | FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 2021 | ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES *AndersNichols,Myrtle Rebecca 89 Waynesville 19-Jan Wells Funeral HomeofWaynesville *BagbyRutland,Nancy 88 Asheville 17-Jan Morris Funeral &CremationCare *Bryson, Billy 78 Greeneville, TN 18-Jan BlueRidge Funeral Service *Coker, Sr., Louis 92 Alexander 19-Jan West Family Funeral Services Cooper,Harold E. 66 Waynesville 17-Jan Crawford /Ray Funeral HomeandCremationService *Deyton, Lynn 72 Asheville 19-Jan Yancey Funeral Services Goodman, ShirleyBernice 83 Asheville 16-Jan HarwoodHome for Funerals &CremationServices Haskin Lovin, BetsyAnn 86 Marshall 20-Jan Madison Funeral Services Hunsucker, KathrynMintz 95 Andrews 19-Jan Ivie Funeral Home,Andrews King, BennyDean 77 Fletcher 16-Jan MountainViewCremation&Funeral Care Neighbors, LanceBurton - Marion,NC 20-Jan BeamFurnerl Service *Penland,Mary Louise Smart 96 - 17-Jan PenlandFamily Funeral Home *Richards, Judy Irene 70 Asheville 20-Jan Groce Funeral HomeTunnel Road Simpson,Mathew“Matt”James 36 Conover 16-Jan PenlandFamily Funeral Home Staicar, CharlesD. 84 Marshall 18-Jan Madison Funeral Services Yarbrough, ChrisMalcolm 77 Old Fort, NC 15-Jan AshelawnGardensofMemory * Additional information in display obituaries Obituaries appear in print and online at TODAY’S OBITUARIES AND DEATH NOTICES Name Age Town, State Death Date Arrangements ASHEVILLE - Judy Irene Richards, 70, passed away onWednesday, Jan- uary 20, 2021. She was born in 1950 in New York. She was preced- ed in death by her par- ents Frank Richards and Irene Bullock Richards; brothers, Frank Richards, Gordon Richards; sisters, Marie Wells and Martha Richards. She is survived by a sonMichael C. Foxx (Char- lene), of North Dakota, and a daughter, Michelle Moore (Melissa), of Asheville. She has four grand- children; Mailtand, Ethan, Jansen and Chelsey; and two great-grandchildren. Ms.Richards was employed byMissionHospital as an Administrative Assistant. A graveside service is planned for Saturday, Jan- uary 23, 2021 at 1:00 p.m., at Riverside Cemetery. For those who wish to pay their respects, Mrs. Richards will lie in repose at Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road, Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation in hermemory toMemory CareAlzheimer’s Support Group or Alzheimer’s Association of WNC. Condolences may be shared at www.grocefu- Judy Irene Richards WAYNESVILLE - Myr- tle RebeccaAnders Nich- ols, age 89,went home to be with the Lord while surrounded by family on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. Born February 28, 1931 she would proudly say she was the 8th of 10 children born to the late Lum and Lona Kuykend- all Anders. Myrtle was also preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Leonard Bill Nichols; son, William Stanley Nichols; sisters, Edith, Mardell, Louise, Hazel, Jeannie and Stella; and brothers, Weaver and Ben. Known asMyrtle,Myrt,Mom,NannyMyrt and AuntMyrtle, those left to cherish her life andmem- ory are her children; LynnNichols, Elaine Hefner (Dennis), andWayne Nichols (Paula); daughter- in-law,DianneNichols; grandchildren, JasonDeal (Angie), Josh Deal, Will Nichols (Crystal), Callie Nichols, Nick Hefner (Ruthann), Anders Davis (Jordan), Colby Nichols (Jordan), and Sydney Withrow (Cody); great-grandchildren, Dana, Jesse, Austin and Amelia Deal, Tanner and Sadie Nichols, Colt Lowe, Deacon Hefner and Reed Davis; great-great-grandchild, Noah; sister, Ruth Wilson; many nieces and nephews; and lifelong friend, Ellen Rathbone. A private graveside service will be held. Memorials may be made to Haywood County Rescue Squad,P.O.Box 931,Waynesville,NC 28786 or Haywood County EMS, 141 Hemlock Street, Waynesville, NC 28786. Myrtle Rebecca Anders Nichols ALEXANDER - Louis Coker, Sr., age 92, a US Army Veteran of Alex- ander, went to heaven Tuesday, January 19, 2021 in his home. Mr. Coker was born October 14, 1928 in Louellen, KY to the late John Wesley Coker and Alberta Shoemaker Coker. He retired fromNCR as a district manager. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Bill Coker, and daughter, Alberta Coker Deckard. Surviving is his wife of 70 years,Dorothy Good- win Coker; children, Mary Banks and husband Doug,Beverly Fort and husband Tom,GwenCoker Green, Tommy Coker and wife Carol all of GA, Louis“Buster”Coker, Jr. andwifeAngie of Alexan- der; brother, JohnCoker of Knoxville, TN; thirteen grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren. His funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday January 24, 2021 in Macedonia Baptist Church, JenkinsValley Road,Alexander. Reverend GlennMeadows will officiate. Burial will follow in Ashelawn Gardens of Memory, Asheville. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service at the church. Flowers are acceptable and appreciated, to honor the love he had for them. West Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Per the NC Governor, masks are required. For those who desire, condolencesmay be offered to the family underMr. Coker’s obituary at www. Louis Coker, Sr. GREENEVILLE, TN - Billy Bryson 78 of Greeneville, Tennessee went home to be with the Lord, Monday, Jan- uary 18, 2021, after an illness with COVID 19. He was born in Jackson County to the late Henry andNellie Talley Bryson. Billy was preceded in death by two sisters and five brothers and was member of United Baptist Church. Billy retired fromVulcan Materials after 34 years of faithful service. He was a godlyman, a real “POWERHOUSE” for God. He taught others how to love our Lord and how to oppose evil. Billy gave us strength and he gave us energy. In other words, he gave us his “BEST” and his “BEST”was always cheerfully given to the Lord Jesus Christ. Family and friends will always have fond mem- ories of Bill Bryson, and though we will all miss him dearly, we find comfort in words from the Holy Spirit, “Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them.” Rev 14:13 KJB. Billy’s faithfulness, compassionate and kind lov- ing spirit toward family and friends has given us the true man of God. Surviving are his loving wife Peggy Alexander Bryson, son Billy RaymondBryson,Pamela Bryson, Landon Bryson, Lily Lopez. Grandchildren:Ashley Stines, Cassie McDonald, Candace Lindille, Alex Bryson, Tabitha Bryson and Curtis Bryson (Mi- chaela) Great Grandchildren: Averi McDonald, Acen Sudduth. Brother Henry Jr Bryson, Sisters Kaye Bryson Jennings, Myra Bryson Smith and Louise Bryson Jennings. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 at 1:00pm at Hamburg Bap- tist Church Cemetery in Glenville, NC with the ReverendsNick Bailey, Jeff Massey, andDavidHall officiating.A brief gathering of family and friends will be at the church in the parking lot from 12pm until the service time at 1:00pm. Flowers will be accepted formmemorial tributes. Online condolences may be sent to the family at Billy Bryson ASHEVILLE - Nan- cy Bagby Rutland, 88, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at the J.F. Keever Solace Center in Ashe- ville following a period of declining health. She was born in Chicago, IL on October 15, 1932, and adopted by John and Marjorie Moore Bagby. Preceding her in death was her daughter, Anna Rutland Hoskins. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Frank Rutland; her daughter, Debbie Rutland Styles of Oostburg,WI; her son John Rutland of Asheville; her sister, Sally Bagby Davis of Lacey, WA; twin brothers,Dave Bagby of Tampa, FL and John Bagby of Mt. Prospect, IL; five grandchildren, two great grandchildren and numerous nieces and neph- ews. She will be sorely missed by all her family and friends. Nancy received a bachelor’s degree in education fromNorthwestern University in 1954 and taught elementary school in Elmhurst, IL for two years. She and Frank moved to Asheville in 1956, later spent a few years in Morristown, TN, moved to Hingham,WI in 1975, to Cincinnati, OH in 1985 and back to Asheville in 1996.Her primary inter- est was antiques and crafts and she worked as an antique dealer most of her life. Nancy loved to travel and enjoyed trips to Canada, Africa, Aus- tralia, Europe and fifteen vacation and buying trips to the United Kingdom. She and Frank had fun digging for dinosaur bones in Montana with the Milwaukee Museum and loved mining for precious stones in Franklin, NC. Most of all, she loved themountains of western North Carolina – the views, the waterfalls and rides along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Her favorite hobby at home was knitting afghans, her most frequent gift to friends and family. A private family service will be held at Givens Estates at a later date officiated by Rev. EdHillman, Ministries Director at Givens Estates. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the SouthernHighland Craft Guild at www.craftguild. org or P.O. Box 9545, Asheville, NC 28815 or to Givens Estates Resident AssistanceMinistry, 2360 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28803. Morris Funeral andCremationCare are in charge of arrangements and an online register may be found at Nancy Bagby Rutland Obituaries Mary Louise Smart Penland, age 96, of Green- ville, SC passed away on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at River Falls Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Marietta, SC. She was born on July 24, 1924 in Clay County, NC to the late John Thomas Smart and Ida Belle Barnard Smart. Mary retired from Stone Manufacturing Company in Greenville, SC and was a member of Berea Friendship Methodist Church. She was a strong Christian woman and a wonderful homemaker for her family who she loved dearly. Along with her parents, Mary was also preceded in death by her beloved husband, Norman Penland; her three brothers, James, Jack, and John Smart, Jr.; and two sisters, Helen Smart Bryant and Doris Smart Moore. Those left behind to cherish her memory are her sons, Kenneth Penland (Janice) of Matthews, NC and David Penland (Debbie) of Greenville, SC; her sister, Emogene Smart Barrett of Hayesville, NC; her grandchildren, Jana Penland Barnhill (Jason) of Concord, NC and Randall Penland (Amanda) of Easley, SC; and her great-grandchildren, Audrey and Caleb Barnhill, both of Concord, NC. A private, family only, memorial service will be held at 11am, Friday, January 22, 2021 at Berea Friendship Methodist Church in Greenville, SC. Rev. Davon Harrelson will be officiating. The ser- vice will be live-streamed and available for viewing through Berea Friendship Methodist Church’s Facebook page. Burial will follow at Oak Forest Methodist Church Cemetery in Hayesville, NC. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that memorial donations be made to Berea Friend- ship Methodist Church at 8001 White Horse Road, Greenville, SC 29617. Penland Family Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Penland Family and assisting them with arrangements. Condolences may be made to the family at www.PenlandFamilyFuneralHome. com. Mary Louise Smart Penland Th ose we love remain with us for love itself lives on. - Unknown Author

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