Melva Lee Chandler, 81, of Asheville, died peacefully at her home beside her family after a long illness.
A native of Yancy Co., she was a daughter of the late Fred E. and Leel M. McKinney. She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Iva Jean Barker and Shirley McKinney, and brothers Bruce, Clay, Howard, and Wallace McKinney.
Surviving are her significant other, James Chandler; her daughter, Sharon Chandler of Swannanoa; son, Allan (Mike) Chandler of Swannanoa; one grandchild; sisters Iris McKinney of Maryland, and Hattie Bailey of Arizona; and brother Eddie McKinney of Florida.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday at Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Rd., with the Rev. James Lamb officiating. Interment will follow at Skyview Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.