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Evelyn Hunter

Evelyn Hunter (Buckner)

Thursday, October 27th, 1927 - Monday, April 13th, 2020
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Evelyn Buckner Hunter was called home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday April 13,
2020. She was born October 27, 1927 in Madison County. She was the daughter of the late
Hampton Buckner and Lora Bailey Buckner and the foster daughter of the late Joe J. Edwards
and Lula Buckner Edwards. Mrs. Hunter was preceded in death by her husband James Stanley
Hunter; sisters Wilda Balderson, Pauline Jenkins and Blanche Kelley; brothers James and Troy
Buckner; son in law Eric Whitey Gillis; grandsons, Timothy Gillis and Rodney Hunter;
granddaughter Michelle Hunter and great grandson Everett Piervicenti.

She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and retired from Mars Hill University Cafeteria. She
was a devoted Christian, wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed cooking, canning, sewing
and spending time with family and friends.

Mrs. Hunter is survived by her daughter Lora Gillis; sons, Joseph Garland Hunter (Barbara) and James Sidney Hunter (Diane); granddaughters Erica Pope (Jered), Tiffany Gillis, Tina Robinson, Shanna Parrington, Tabitha Hunter, Stephanie Bandish (David), Leslie Hunter, Laura Piervicenti (Nick) and Alexis Hunter; 14 great grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren; sister in laws Nina Hunter and Georgia Hunter; several nieces and nephews and a devoted cousin Carol Worley.

A private graveside service will be held at Ashelawn Memorial Gardens in Asheville at 2:00PM on Thursday April 16. Reverend Larry Thomas will be officiating. Due to COVID-19 the family will announce a
Memorial Service to be held at a later date.

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Service Details

  • Service

    Thursday, April 16th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Thursday, April 16th, 2020 2:00pm
    Ashelawn Gardens of Memory
    901 Aiken Road
    Asheville, NC 28804
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Private Graveside
    Rev. Larry Thomas
  • Interment

    Thursday, April 16th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Thursday, April 16th, 2020 2:00pm
    Ashelawn Gardens of Memory
    901 Aiken Road
    Asheville, NC 28804
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Marsha Gosnell

Posted at 10:11am
Lora, we are so sorry for the passing of Evelyn. But we can rest assured Evelyn and my mom are rejoicing as we speak, my Mom was Zell Rice. Also my husband said to tell you he was sorry for your loss.

Ann Hyatt

Posted at 12:38pm
She was a precious sweet lady. She always sent me some of her wonderful canned food at Christmas. Love you Lori and your sweet family. Missing my Whitey but what a celebration they are having.

eloise farias

Posted at 10:31am
Lora, Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Blessings and love, Eloise

Karen Silver

Posted at 05:41pm
I am so sorry about Evelyn. Can remember her coming to Moms. (I am Karen Silver, daughter of Evelyn Rector)

Tammy Gregg

Posted at 10:59am
Dear Lora,Erica, Tiffany, Tabitha and the rest of the family,
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Evelyn. We had many good times at all the church activities such as WMU and the in home visits we had when she couldn't attend regularly. She was always so happy and welcoming when we came to her home. She will be truly missed. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. We love you guys.

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