Shirley Arrowood Hise, 69, of Mitchell County, went home to be with the Lord Oct. 1, 2019, at the Mitchell House in Spruce Pine, following a long, tough fight with cancer. Born Jan. 13, 1950, she was the daughter of the late Marba and Francis Arrowood, of the Buladean community.
Shirley had a tremendous passion for Mitchell County and its heritage. She was a graduate of Warren Wilson College (B.A.), Appalachian State University (M.Ed.) and Western Carolina University (Ed.S.). She inspired students for nearly 30 years as a U.S. History and English teacher in Mitchell County Schools and was a women’s Sunday School teacher. Unable to stay idle after retiring, she served as the Director of the Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce. She made endless contributions to the success of Mitchell County and its people.
Left to cherish her memories are her son, Sen. Ralph Hise Jr., and his wife, Linn Elizabeth Hise, of Spruce Pine; the true joys of her life, her twin grandsons, Thomas Jenkins Hise and Deren England Hise; her sister, Doris Blevins, and her husband, Lewis, of Jacksonville, Florida; her brother, the Rev. James Arrowood, and his wife, Lauvella, of the Buladean community; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Her family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Mitchell House; Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge; and the doctors and nurses of Cancer Care of WNC in Spruce Pine for their wonderful care of Shirley during her illness.
Instead of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Buladean Community Foundation, 12190 N. Highway 226, Bakersville, NC 28705.
Funeral services were 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Mitchell High School, with the family receiving friends starting at 1 p.m. The Rev. Tommy Carver and the Rev. Scotty Jenkins presided.
Words of comfort may be emailed to the family by going to www.webbfh.com, selecting Shirley Hise’s name and signing her guestbook. Webb Funeral Home of Spruce Pine is honored to assist the Hise family. Shirley’s obituary has also been posted on Facebook.
Mitchell News-Journal • Oct. 9, 2019