Obituaries: April 11, 2018

Roberta Glenn Moore

Roberta Glenn Moore, 81, of Asheville, passed away peacefully Friday, March 30, 2018, at her home due to complications with Sjogren’s syndrome. Born April 16, 1936, in Spruce Pine, she was the oldest daughter of the late Robert and Addie Glenn.

She was an alumnus of King University in Bristol, Tennessee, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in education. She resided in Japan for 17 years as a missionary with her late husband, James B. Moore, where she taught English at Seiwa College for Girls and assisted James in church planting work. When returning from Japan, they moved to Gaffney, South Carolina, to work together at Beech St. Presbyterian Church for six years. During this time, Roberta taught second grade at the Gaffney Day School. In 1984, Roberta followed James to Princeton, North Carolina, where they ministered together until his retirement at Progressive Presbyterian church. They lived in Smithfield, North Carolina, for a while as she continued teaching in Johnston County schools. In the late-1990s, they made their final move by settling in Asheville and became active members of Malvern Hills Presbyterian church.

Roberta also worked in the Buncombe County school system as a reading tutor at Emma Elementary until her retirement. As a member of Malvern Hills, she enjoyed serving as the Ladies’ Sunday school teacher and president of the Women’s Ministry. In her free time, she enjoyed gardening and canning vegetables, reading, writing letters of encouragement to those who needed it and hosting meals for family and friends.

James and Roberta were married for 59 years before his death. Roberta served faithfully as a wonderful, gentle mother, wife, teacher, sister and friend. She impacted and touched many lives with her gift of teaching. Mostly she taught by example. She will also always be remembered for her gift of hospitality. Many family reunions and gatherings of friends around her table will never be forgotten as she made everyone feel at home with her thoughtfulness, humble elegance and care to special details in entertaining guests. Roberta helped bring people together.

Surviving are her children, Sarah Moore Witt, and her spouse, Terry, of Angier, and Roger Moore and his spouse, Tiffany, of Simpsonville, South Carolina; siblings, MaryAnn Unferth and her spouse, Bill, of Charlotte, Bobby Glenn and his spouse, Alice, of Spruce Pine, Carolyn Cordell and her spouse, Jack, of Black Mountain, and Gene Glenn and spouse, Pam, of Spruce Pine; grandchildren, Rebecca Moore, Austin Moore, Ben Young and Katie Young.

A private graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 14, 2018, for the family at Ashlawn Gardens of Memory. A public memorial service for friends and family will be at 2 p.m. at Malvern Hills Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Tom Cox. The family will receive friends an hour prior to the service in the fellowship hall. Memorials are to be given to Malvern Hills PCA, 2 Bear Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

The family of Roberta Moore extends a special thanks to the wonderful staff of the Comfort Keepers of Asheville for their compassionate care giving of their mother over the past two months. Condolences may be made to the family at



Tommy Carroll Thomas

Tommy Carroll Thomas, 79, of Spruce Pine, died Monday, March 19, 2018.

He was born Oct. 29, 1938, in Yancey County, the son of the late Claude and Ruby Presnell Thomas. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Clarence Walker Thomas; and sisters Donna Gardner and Sharon Deyton.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandsons.

Left to cherish his memories are his sons, Scott Thomas, and wife, Pat, of Burnsville, Aaron Thomas and wife, Katie, of Starkville, Mississippi, and Seth Thomas, of Burnsville; brother-in-law Johnny Deyton; nieces Michelle, Miranda and MarShay, all of Burnsville; and special niece Janet “Tony” Sparks and husband, Ken, of Spruce Pine.

A funeral celebrating the life of Tommy Thomas was 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at Newdale Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Randy Laws and the Rev, Bruce Cannon officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery with military honors.

Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine assisted the Thomas Family.

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