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Carlton Earnhardt

Jan 17, 1968 - Dec 08, 2023

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Asheville, NC

Carlton Bradley Earnhardt, of Asheville, NC, passed away peacefully on December 8, 2023, at the age of 55. He was the son of the late Keith Lancaster Earnhardt and Dr. James F. Earnhardt. He was born at the Camp Zama Army Hospital near Tokyo, Japan, where his father was stationed at the time. Brad is survived by his father, Dr. James F. Earnhardt of Gerton, NC; his two brothers: James F. Earnhardt, Jr. , of Raleigh, NC, and Michael K. Earnhardt of La Crescenta, CA; his sister-in-law, Angela Curr...Read More

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Rev. Dr. Charles Sydnor Thompson, III

May 12, 1954 - Feb 19, 2024

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Asheville, NC

Following an extended illness, Rev. Dr. Charles Sydnor Thompson, III passed away peacefully on February 19 at the Valor Hospice Unit in Asheville, NC. Born in New York, New York on May 12, 1954, his family soon moved to Charlotte, NC where he grew up on Brandon Road in Myers Park. His early childhood was shaped by attending Myers Park United Methodist Church where he experienced the unconditional love of community that supported him in his youth and nurtured his eventual calling to Christian ministry. Inspired by “The Sound of Music”, he traveled with his mother and 4 siblings to Austria at age 12, where he and his siblings attended the Perchtoldsdorf Hauptschule, while his mother studied piano at the Vienna Conservatory. Returning to the United States in 1967, the culture of the 60’s distracted him from formal schooling, resulting in his seeking options that might help him get back “on track.” Due to the hospitality of the Bryan Gainsford family and generosity of the government of New Zealand, he spent his senior year at Cashmere High School in Christchurch, NZ, graduating with University Entrance in 1972. Sydnor matriculated at Duke University in 1974, graduating as an English major and entering Duke Law School in 1977. On his first day of Law School, he became aware of his call to ministry, transferring to Duke Divinity School in January of 1978. Sydnor married the Rev. Janet Hansen in 1980, with whom he had two daughters, Adaire and Angela. The couple moved to Texas in 1982 where both served as local church pastors and where Sydnor earned his Doctor of Ministry at Southern Methodist University in 1988. Following the couple’s divorce, Sydnor returned to Western NC in 1990 where Sydnor served churches throughout the remainder of his 38-year pastoral career. He married Miss Kelly Stone Thompson in April of 1992 and was commissioned as a U.S. Navy Reserve Chaplain in November later that year. Sydnor was mobilized twice to active duty, deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2005 to 2006 and in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2012 to 2013. He retired from the U.S. Navy at the rank of Captain (0-6) in December 2015. In retirement, Sydnor continued to pursue his interest in Jungian Psychology and spiritual direction at the Haden Institute in Hendersonville, NC while volunteering as an English language tutor and serving as a proofreader for Chiron Publications. Since his retirement from ministry in 2019, Sydnor and Kelly have been active members of Grace Episcopal Church in North Asheville. Sydnor was a core member of the Grace choir, led a Contemplative Prayer group, offered pastoral care to members and clergy, preached and read scripture often at Grace. Sydnor was preceded in death by his extraordinarily accomplished parents, Sydnor Thompson, Jr. and Harriette Line Thompson. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Kelly Stone Thompson, two daughters Adaire Thompson Marshall (Michael) of Knoxville, TN and Angela Thompson Khrichtchatyi (Yevgeniy), of New York, New York, his beloved granddaughter, Charlotte Willa Yevgenevna Khrichtchatyi, four siblings, Darcy Thompson Howard of Fort Mill, SC, Harriet Thompson Moore (Kevin) of Greencastle, IN, Brenneman Line Thompson of Charlotte, NC, Kathy-Line Thompson Kelly (Patrick) of Charlotte, NC, and a host of nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held at Grace Episcopal Church 871 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC on Saturday, February 24 at 11:00 a.m, with a reception for family and friends to follow in Grace Parish Hall. In Lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to Grace Episcopal Church in North Asheville, Environmental Defense Fund, Gifford’s Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, and Literacy Together in Asheville. To to the family or in memory of Charles Sydnor Thompson III, please

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Martha Mae Tochterman

Apr 03, 1956 - Feb 18, 2024

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Asheville, NC

Asheville -Martha Mae Tochterman, 67, passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2024, at Memorial Mission Hospital.     A native and lifelong resident of Buncombe County, she was a daughter of the late Jessie Mae Tinsley Tochterman. She was also preceded in death by her great-grandson, Michael Ellis; brother, Delbert Tochterman; and sister, Helen Bartlett.     Surviving are her son, Bryan Tochterman and wife Pamela; grandchildren: Bryan, Jr. (Rebecca), Jesse (Alex), Colby (Haley), Emileo, Ashley, Amber, and Kimberly; great-grandchildren: Aiden, Brentley, Everly, Corbin, Chase, Brooklyn, Sebastian, Zayleigh, Collin, Ashlynn, and Makailyn; sister, Brenda Thomas; and nieces and nephews: Michael Tochterman, Richard Bartlett, Tracy Bartlett, Steven Thomas, Candy Thomas, and Pam Thomas.     Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Tuesday, February 27, 2024, in the Chapel of Anders-Rice Funeral Home. Rev. Daryl Overton will officiate. Burial will follow at Green Hills Cemetery.     The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 1 till 2 PM at the funeral home.     Anders-Rice Funeral Home and Cremation Center is honored to serve Ms. Tochterman’s family.

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Wendy Rose Howard Groleau

Nov 04, 1944 - Feb 18, 2024

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Asheville, NC

Asheville- Wendy Rose Howard Groleau, 79, of Asheville, died peacefully at The Lodge in Mills River on February 18, 2024. She was born in Louisville, KY to George and Edith Howard. For her whole life, Wendy displayed immense strength in overcoming multiple health issues as well as people’s limited expectations of her. She lived well beyond her life expectancy thanks to the love, support, and care of her family. Wendy moved to Asheville as an adult, married Jack Groleau in 1984, and lived in Montford where she was close with her neighbors. She loved her “fur babies”, caring for many dogs [and one cat] throughout her life. Wendy was proud to work at Thoms Rehabilitation Hospital for 15 years where she made many lifelong friends. During the final years of her life, Wendy attended the MountainCare Adult Day Services where she was very social, participating in all the activities! She loved painting her nails, dancing, playing bingo, and watching her favorite shows; Andy Griffith and Little House on the Prairie. Wendy was preceded in death by her husband Jack, and her siblings William Howard, Whitworth Howard, and Wayne Ann Neblett. She is survived by her sister Winnell Newman of Cary, NC; her nieces Tish Hawks of Asheville and Maggi Carroll of Hendersonville as well as many grand-nieces and grand-nephews. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on February 25, 2024 at 3:00 PM at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian in Arden. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution in Wendy’s memory to either MountainCare Adult Day Services (Buncombe County) or Brother Wolf Animal Rescue.

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Arielle Senzon

Feb 29, 2004 - Feb 18, 2024

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Asheville, NC

"Arielle Senzon, 19, of Asheville, North Carolina, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 18th, 2024, surrounded by her loving family. Arielle was born on Leap Day, February 29th, 2004. Arielle lived a vibrant, joyful life owing to the love and care of many. Although Arielle had profound special needs, she communicated love through her eyes, smiles, and strong spirit. She cherished epic family trips and vacations, blasting grunge music, listening to books, and watching nature documentaries for hours. She loved being a big sister. Her presence and incredible sweetness opened the hearts of all who knew her. Arielle is survived by her parents, Susan and Simon; siblings, Noah and Iya; grandparents; and extended relatives. She was lovingly cared for by her family, friends, caregivers, and teachers. Her memory lives on through the hearts of all she touched deeply. Services will be announced. In honor of Arielle’s incredible spirit, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Congregation Beth Ha Tephila or Make a Wish Central \u0026amp; Western North Carolina."

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David "Mack" Gilliam

Mar 09, 1936 - Feb 13, 2024

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Asheville, NC

David “Mack” Gilliam, age 87, of Fairview, NC, passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at Mission Hospital-St. Joseph Campus in Asheville, NC. Mack was born on March 9, 1936, in Buncombe County to the late Alfred “Therell” Gilliam and Carrie “Mae” Pittillo Gilliam. He was retired from his job as a plumber and he attended Blue Ridge Cowboy Church in Fairview. Mack served his country proudly in the United States Army and he was known as a hard worker and good provider for his family. He enjoyed growing a vegetable garden and was the sweetest man you’ll ever meet. Mack loved the Lord and he loved his family. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. In addition to his parents, Mack was preceded in death by his wife, Elva Mae Harding Gilliam; four brothers, Edwin, Sherell, Jody, and John Gilliam; and a sister, Barbara Pressley. Those left behind to cherish his memory are his daughter, Gail Levi, of Fairview, NC; son, Jerry Gilliam of Candler, NC; three grandsons, Kyle Gilliam and his wife, Lexy Reynolds of Charlotte, NC, Westley Gilliam of California, and Joshua Worley of Fairview, NC; a great-granddaughter, Corra Ann Gilliam of Charlotte, NC; a sister, Shirley Whittimore of Winston-Salem, NC; and a host of nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 2:00 PM at Blue Ridge Cowboy Church, 49 Saxon Hill, Fairview, NC 28730 with Pastor Louis Gibson officiating. Penland Family Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the Gilliam family with arrangements.

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Doris N. Huntsinger Hooker

Jul 09, 1930 - Feb 16, 2024

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Asheville, NC

Doris N. Huntsinger Hooker, of Asheville, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, February 16, 2024. Doris was a native of Asheville, born on July 9, 1930, to the late Charlie and Agnes Huntsinger. Her career was managing the household, raising five children and always helping with the grandchildren when they came along. She also worked at Hamrick’s for several years before retiring. Mrs. Hooker was a lifelong member of Bent Creek Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Thomas Conley Hooker; a grandson, Daniel Tapia; and a great-granddaughter, Brooke Leslie Hooker. She is survived by her sons, Thomas A. Hooker (Rosemarie), Terry P. Hooker, and Timothy D. Hooker (Doris); daughters, Tamara H. Tapia (Sergio) and Treva H. Blanton (Larry); 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Her family will receive friends for one hour beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 22, at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. The funeral service will immediately follow, officiated by Pastor Allen Rash. Burial will then take place at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

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Dr. Sandra J. Chesborough

Jun 21, 1942 - Feb 13, 2024

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Asheville, NC

Dr. Sandra J. (Ruegg) Chesborough, age 81, formerly of Rochester, MN, passed away on Feb. 13, 2024 in Asheville, NC. The first-born daughter of the late Russell and Dena Ruegg, Sandra graduated from John Marshall High in 1960. She earned a B.S. in Elementary Ed from Winona State University, a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in educational leadership from the University of Florida. Sandra taught at several universities and retired from St. Cloud State University, as a Department of Social Work professor. She dedicated her lifework to helping others, addressing social injustices and inequalities for those in need. Sandra is survived by daughters, Andrea Bishop (Alan), Amber Chesborough (Gordon Bromley); grandchildren, Addyson, Aaron, and Alexa Bishop. Siblings Barbara Thiem, Susan Spielberger (Richard), Steven Ruegg (Robin), two nieces and two nephews. A Graveside Service will be held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, February 21 at Carolina Memorial Sanctuary in Mills River, NC. Condolences may be sent to Andrea Bishop at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian, 72 Long Shoals Road, Arden, NC or placed online at www.grocefuneralhome.com.

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Susan Elaine Chambers

Feb 24, 1952 - Feb 11, 2024

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Asheville, NC

Susan Elaine Chambers of Asheville, North Carolina, passed February 11, 2024. Born February 24, 1952, she was seventy-one years old. Asheville Mortuary Services is seeking contact with Susan's next-of-kin. If you have pertinent information you would like to share, please contact us at (828) 254-0566.

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Carl Greene

Dec 18, 1946 - Feb 15, 2024

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Asheville, NC

Carl Greene, 77, of Asheville, NC, passed away February 15, 2024 at the CarePartners Solace Center in Asheville, NC. Asheville Area Alternative Funeral & Cremation Services is searching for any next of kin. IF you have any information, please call 828-258-8274. To to the family or in memory of Carl Greene, please

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William Charles Rick III

Dec 16, 1956 - Feb 11, 2024

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Asheville, NC

William “Bill” Charles Rick, III, 67, of Ridgewood, New Jersey, Vienna, Virginia, and most recently of Asheville, North Carolina, passed away peacefully at home on February 11, 2024 surrounded by his loving family. Bill was a 1975 graduate of Ridgewood High School, where he lettered in varsity football and basketball. In 1979, Bill graduated from Saint Michael’s College in Winooski, Vermont, with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, and played football and rugby. Bill went on to have a successful career as an Executive of Sales and Marketing in the technology industry. After a prestigious 30+ year career, Bill retired to Asheville, NC, where he loved living in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Bill will be remembered by his friends and family members for his love of the 5 G’s: Grandfathering his two adored grandchildren, gardening, grilling, golfing at Asheville Country Club, and of course the New York Giants football. Passed on from his father, Bill continued to be a season ticket holder of the Giants and shared the tradition with his children and grandchildren. Countless hours were spent with his son, daughter, and most recently, his grandchildren, watching every game during the season, no matter how bad, and always discussing next year's strategy during the off season. His passion and excitement for these “G’s” was so contagious that his children, grandchildren, and loved ones couldn't help but embrace them as their own passion. In addition to his father, William Rick, Jr. of Ridgewood, NJ, Bill was preceded in death by his brother, Kenny Rick, of Lake Worth, Florida. Left behind to cherish his memory is the love of his life and wife, Donna Arrington-Rick. Bill also leaves his mother, Joan Rick of Hendersonville, NC, his son, Andrew Rick and his wife Tiana and their children, Elliana(8) and JJ(6) of North Andover, MA, a daughter, Casey Rick of Ashburn, VA, and two sisters, Debra O’Connor and her husband Kevin of Asheville and Susan Atwell of Lake Worth, Florida, as well as, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins and long-time friends. A service will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. at the Maryrest Chapel Mausoleum at the Maryrest Cemetery, Mahwah, NJ. To to the family or in memory of William C. Rick III, please

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