Feb 15, 1947 - Dec 05, 2023
Kathryn Anne McQueen Tritt
Feb 08, 1961 - Mar 01, 2024
Kathryn Anne McQueen Tritt, age 63, passed away on March 1, 2024, at Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. Kathryn was born on February 8, 1961, in Pinellas County, Florida. To to the family or in memory of Kathryn Anne (McQueen) Tritt, please
Jun 20, 1938 - Feb 28, 2024
David Russakoff, exceptional husband, father, and grandfather, died peacefully with family on February 28th in Asheville, North Carolina. Born in New York City in 1938 to Goldie and Joe Russakoff, David was the oldest of three boys. After his family moved from Manhattan to Queens in 1952, he took the subway every day over to Stuyvesant High School. Ever the diligent student, he graduated high school at the age of 16 and then attended Queens College. He graduated in 1956 and went directly to Tufts Medical School. Working as a medical student in Boston, he met Ina Raymond, a pediatric nurse working in the ICU. On the first day David saw Ina, she was covered head to toe with scrubs and a face mask, and only her bright eyes were visible. As David would say later, “those eyes got me” and he asked her out on a date. Their dating was cut short by his internship and residency assignment in Dallas, Texas. Not one to be dissuaded by such minor inconveniences, Ina moved to Dallas to be with him and the two were married in 1963. Their first son Neil was born in 1966 and they moved to Morgantown, West Virginia as part of David’s posting for the Public Health Service. After he was discharged David, a pulmonologist, joined his Uncle Abe’s pulmonary practice in Birmingham, Alabama. Steven was born shortly after in 1969, followed by Daniel in 1973. David eventually struck out on his own and established his own pulmonary practice and became a beloved fixture in the Birmingham medical community. He retired from his practice in 2003 and transitioned to hospital administration, retiring for good in 2010. David’s quiet, calm demeanor was the rock upon which his family was built, and an inspiration to all who knew him. His patience was his superpower. It made him an adored physician and an even better father. If he wasn’t schlepping his boys all over the city for their baseball games and hockey practices, he was sitting in the crowd watching their every game or being dragged all over to rock concerts, Six Flags, and countless Barons/Bulls/Blazers/Braves games. And, when the time came, his patience also made him an extraordinary grandfather. He was up for whatever it took to make life great – making special shopping trips to Costco and Trader Joe’s, organizing family ski vacations to Whistler, or pacing around singing “99 Bottles of Beer” to soothe sleepless babies. David did it all with a quiet, powerful love that infused all those around him. May his memory be a blessing – he will be sorely missed. David was preceded in death by his son Neil. He is survived by his wife Ina; his brothers Mark and Andy; his daughter-in-law Maria, and grandchildren Max and Ben; his son Steven, wife Wyndi, and grandchildren Izabell and Nola; his son Daniel, wife Betsy, and grandchildren Joni and Stella. The funeral will be held on Tuesday, March 5th, 2024 in Tucson, Arizona at All Faiths Cemetery where he will join his son, Neil. In lieu of flowers, donations to the V Foundation for Cancer Research are appreciated. Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.
Rose Marie Summers
Mar 29, 1937 - Feb 26, 2024
"Rose Marie Summers, born on March 29, 1937, in Waco, Texas, peacefully passed away on February 26, 2024, in Asheville, North Carolina. She was the beloved daughter of Floyd Watson and Thelma Barnett. Rose Marie is survived by her loving son, Jerry Summers, and his wife, Robin. She was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Gerald Summers. During her time with us, Rose Marie touched the lives of many with her kindness, warmth, and unwavering love. Her memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew her. May she rest in peace, reunited with her husband, and may her family find solace in the cherished memories they shared with her No formal services will be held at this time"
Edward Lee “Ed” Hoover
Aug 29, 1939 - Mar 02, 2024
Edward Lee “Ed” Hoover, age 84, of Spruce Pine, passed away on Saturday, March 2nd, 2024 at Mission Hospital in Asheville. A native of Yancey County, Ed was one of eleven children to the late Jessie and Helen Murphy Hoover. He was also preceded in death by a son, Eddie Hoover; sisters: Emma Don “Donna” Robinson, Alice Wyatt and Edna Hoover; and brothers: Clifton “Bud” Hoover, David Hoover, Daniel Hoover, and Rickey Hoover.Ed enjoyed dancing, nature, the outdoors, driving the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and riding on his tractor.Left to cherish his memory is his sweetheart, Judy Lail; children: Melissa Autrey (Ronnie) of Estill Springs, TN, Scott Hoover of North Wilkesboro and Sherry Lynn Hoover of Asheville; daughter-in-law, Pamela Hoover of Claremont; grandchildren: Tyler, Brooke and Dillon Autrey, and William, Madelyn and Eric Hoover; sisters: Mary Wilma McCall of Swannanoa and Hazel Roberts of Bald Creek; a brother, Dennis Hoover (Jean) of Lincolnton, and a sister-in-law, Carla Hoover of Bakersville. Several step-grandchildren, step-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other extended family also survive.The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 9th at Yancey Funeral Services. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. in the chapel of the funeral home with Rev. Ralph Hedrick officiating. Following the service, the family will go in procession to Morning Star Baptist Church Cemetery for a graveside service.Flowers are appreciated, or memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society at 120 Executive Park, Bldg 1 Asheville, NC 28801 or to the American Heart Association at Memorial & Tribute Processing Center, P.O. Box 5216 Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216.
Dwight Douglas Pressley
Nov 20, 1954 - Mar 01, 2024
Asheville – Dwight Douglas Pressley, 69, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, March 1, 2024, at Mission Hospital.A native and lifelong resident of Buncombe County, he was the son of Junko Niwa Pressley and the late Dwight William Pressley, Jr.Dwight was a graduate of UNCA where he earned his Bachelor of Science and Art Degree. He volunteered for many years with MAHEC in the Business Office and worked for Mission Hospital. He was also a member of Merrimon Avenue Baptist Church and French Broad Methodist Church. Dwight loved the Lord and his family; he will be greatly missed.A private graveside service will be held on Monday, March 4, 2024, at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery. Pastor Keith Dockings will officiate.Anders-Rice Funeral Home and Cremation Center is honored to serve Dwight’s family.
Judith Alice Fox
Sep 21, 1940 - Feb 28, 2024
The rebellious spirit of Judith Alice Fox arrived earthside on September 21st of 1940 in Boston, Massachusetts. Her parents, Arthur Larned Fox and Sarah Alice (Schofield) Fox, both of whom were career officers in the Salvation Army, added her to a family of four boys: William Arthur Fox, Robert Marshall Fox, Charles Herbert Fox, and Edward Clifford Fox. In keeping with a generations-old family tradition, Judith grew up in the Salvation Army, played the cornet and the violin, and was an ordained minister who preached on the streets of New Haven, Connecticut. Shortly after moving to Connecticut in the 1960s, she met Dominic Tek Sung Lim, a brilliant doctor from the Philippines with Chinese heritage. Despite their age difference and despite this being before the Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia, Judith and Dominic were married in 1961. They are survived by their three children Victoria Alice Lim (children: Faith, Alex, Matthew, Michael, Brandon, Mei Li), Vincent Arthur Lim m. Vivian Dee Lim (child: Amy Sara Dee Lim), and Olivia Jennifer Lim m. Dave Pike (child: Cedar Woodhull Lim). She is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews. Judith was a wife and a mother who could be described as non-conformist and free-spirited. She went on illustrious adventures across the world– cruises, camping trips, and political protests alike– never failing to send her grandchildren a postcard from wherever she went. She was an excellent cook, an accomplished ballroom dancer, a connoisseur of pop music (especially Neil Diamond and Barry Gibb), an advocate for change, and a great lover of changing her hair color every few months. A big sports fan who always rooted for the family team - the New England Patriots - Judith would often include Tom Brady jerseys in her wardrobe rotation. Though she faced hardships and tribulations throughout her life, Judith remained brave and unafraid to be that feisty, hippie, feminist who loved without bounds even when she didn’t love herself. Her love was a protest anthem, a testament to how hard she fought. Judith Alice Fox peacefully floated beyond this world on February 28th, 2024, surrounded by her loved ones. She will be remembered for showing us that love is worth fighting for. Judith had a great love for animals and her granddogs, Tater and Gandalf. If you wish to honor her memory please consider donating to the Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue in Asheville, NC, or the Pasadena Humane Society in Pasadena, CA, in her name. Psalm 23
Dec 14, 1966 - Feb 29, 2024
Deirdre Crisp, 57 of Robbinsville, NC passed away, Thursday, February 29, 2024 at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC. She was a native of Graham County and the daughter of Lamar Crisp and Betty Lou Corbin Orr; and the granddaughter of the late Booth Crisp Jr., Violet "Tootsie" Crisp Lloyd and the late William "Bill" and Eloise Corbin. In addition to her parents she was survived by her children, Trey Orr, Lindsey West (Jordan), Will Crisp; brothers, Eric Crisp, Billy Booth Crisp; and grandson, Caiden West. Arrangements for a Memorial Service will be announced later. Townson-Smith Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Crisp Family.
Cuba Ann Ford
Sep 17, 1947 - Mar 01, 2024
Cuba Ann Ford, 76, of Marion, passed away at Mission Hospital in Asheville on Friday, March 1, 2024.Cuba was born on September 17, 1947 in Batesville, MS to Paul Andrew Ford and Thelma Vess Ford who preceded her in death. She is also preceded in death by two brothers, David Ford and William Ford.She was a member of Fernwood Baptist Church in Spartanburg, SC. Cuba was very involved in the McDowell County Democratic Party. She was the owner/operator of the Flea Market News and in her spare time she loved doing crafts. Left to cherish her memories are her siblings, Daniel E. Ford of California and Wendy F. Case (Don) of South Carolina and her nieces and nephews, Buffy Ford, Anita Case, Demian Ford, Aaron Ford, Eva Knapp and Jed Ford. The family will hold a memorial service at Fernwood Baptist Church at a later date.
David Lee Clyburn
Dec 15, 1993 - Feb 29, 2024
David Lee Clyburn, age 30, entered the presence of the Lord in the early morning hours of Thursday, February 29, 2024 at CarePartners Hospice Solace Center. David was born in Burke County on December 15, 1993 to Robert Clyburn and Pamela Sue Reeves Clyburn. David had an adventurous soul, and he truly lived life to the fullest. He was known as everybody’s best friend and confidante. He brought sunshine into the lives of everyone he met. David was a gifted singer. More than anything, he was a loving son, grandson, and friend. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. David is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, David Lee Reeves; maternal step grandfather, Jim Crowell; and paternal grandparents, Bobby and Iris Clyburn. In addition to his parents, Robert Clyburn and Pamela Clyburn, he is survived by his maternal grandmother, Linda Crowell; uncles, David Reeves (Cathy) and Dan Clyburn; aunt, Crystal Jones (Clint); cousins, Megan Deems and Michael Deems; and an awesome friend, Michael Buff. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2024 from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m. at Beam Funeral Service & Crematory. Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.
Kathy Baley Atkinson
Apr 07, 1948 - Feb 28, 2024
Kathy Baley Atkinson passed away peacefully at home with her loyal dog, Teddy, by her side on February 28, 2024. Kathy was born in Asheville, NC, on April 7, 1948, to James M. Baley, Jr., and Diana Chandley Baley. Kathy lived in Marshall, NC, during her early years, attending school on the island there until the third grade. The basement of the school was flooded routinely during those years which caused some excitement for the kids. She enjoyed happy years with her older brother, Jim, playing in the woods and trails adjacent to their home at the lower end of town, sometimes riding their broomstick horses, Little Billy and Big Billy. Their father took them to school and each day they would walk home together. In January of 1957 the family moved to Asheville after their grandfather, James M. Baley, Sr., whom had lived with the family for several years prior, passed away. Kathy fondly remembered times listening to programs with her grandfather during the period he lived with the family in Marshall. For Kathy the move to Asheville came half-way through her third-grade year. At Grace School in north Asheville she immediately made an entirely new set of friends whom remained with her until she graduated from Lee Edwards High School in 1966. Kathy’s school years in Asheville were happy and quite successful. She was an excellent student and she and her friends enjoyed a lot of fun times together. She was a cheerleader in high school and near the top of her large graduating class. Kathy had an outgoing personality and was always doing things with her friends. After graduation from Lee Edwards, she began college at St. Mary’s Junior College in Raleigh, a girls school where she made many lifelong friends. Her time at St. Mary’s was very important to her. She transferred in her junior year to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated from there in June of 1970 with a B.A. degree in Secondary Education-English. After that she came home to Asheville for a couple of years and taught English and Mathematics at St. Genevieve/Gibbons Hall. Kathy discovered teaching was not to be her calling. She was drawn to the law, as many in her family have been. She studied to become a paralegal in Philadelphia in 1973. Kathy decided it was time to leave Asheville and moved to Atlanta where she spent the next nine years working as a paralegal in the Commercial Real Estate Section for a large law firm there. She decided she would prefer being a lawyer over working for one. She left the law firm and went to Emory University School of Law, graduating with a J.D. degree in May 1985 and becoming a licensed member of the Georgia Bar that same year. She then worked as an attorney for another law firm as an associate for two years before joining Metropolitan Life Insurance Company as an attorney in their Commercial Real Estate section, where she worked for the rest of her career before retiring as Assistant General Counsel for Met Life at the age of 60. At Met she supervised and reviewed the legal documents involved when clients borrowed money from Met to finance transactions including the purchase and leasing of shopping centers, apartment complexes and many other kinds of large transactions throughout the United States. Kathy married Tyrus R. Atkinson, Jr. in 1978. Ty was an attorney in Atlanta, whom she met during lunches with her Aunt Deane who also worked in downtown Atlanta. Ty always seemed to be at the same restaurant at the same time and eventually conversations began. They enjoyed many happy years together until his death in 2013. They enjoyed an active life with friends they knew both locally and from their extensive travels and time spent in other places. They made many trips to all sections of Europe. Ty especially enjoyed learning the history of each place and he thoroughly examined each castle he could find in all the countries he visited. Kathy was a patient listener and enjoyed hearing his enthusiasm in talking about what they were seeing. They also visited each summer with one of Kathy’s friends from St. Mary’s at the friend’s villa in Italy. After their retirement they left Atlanta and split their time between Santa Rosa Beach, FL, and Asheville. Golf was a big part of their lives in both places. They enjoyed tremendous friendships and had great fun with trips and cruises to Europe continuing unabated. They had great times talking with each other about all the issues of the day and the history and cultures of the places they visited. Throughout Kathy’s life holidays played an important role, the Christmas season in particular being a time of year she loved. Kathy leaves behind her brother, James M. Baley, III, and nephews, John W. Baley (Laura) and James W. Baley (Kit). Kathy was very generous and enjoyed spending time with her grand-niece, Ava Baley, and her grand-nephews, Drew and Myron Jack Baley. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Marilyn Bollinger. She shared a very special bond with Teddy, her little dachshund, who was her constant companion and guard dog. Kathy did not suffer fools and excelled at everything she put her mind to. She was a trailblazing attorney when it was not easy to be a woman in the legal profession. She was a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, aunt, great-aunt, and friend. Her family will forever treasure their memories of Kathy’s sharp wit, keen mind, warm heart, and talent for speaking directly to the truth of a matter. She will be fondly remembered and sorely missed. The family would like to express their sincerest appreciation for Lillian Davis, who was Kathy’s constant friend and companion in the past several years. A memorial service for Kathy will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2024, in the main sanctuary at First Baptist Church of Asheville, 5 Oak Street, Asheville, NC 28801, with the Rev. Dr. Buddy Corbin officiating. The family plans to stream the service and will announce those details on the Groce Funeral Home website. Kathy will be buried in the family plot at Pritchard Cemetery in Marshall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kathy’s memory to , Inc., 600 College Street, Oxford, NC 27565, where her mother spent nine of her childhood years.