March 7, 1926 ~ August 31, 2014

Born in: Transylvania Co.,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Alma Conner Allen, 88, died Sunday, August 31, 2014, at the John F. Keever, Jr. Hospice Solace Center. Mrs. Allen was born in Transylvania County and was a daughter of the late Robert and Sally McFalls Conner. She was preceded in death by her husband, Benson Allen and a daughter, Darlene Channel. Mrs. Allen was well known in the Asheville area as a waitress at Woolworth's and then for 27 years at the Hot Shot Cafe in Biltmore. She never met a stranger. She is survived by her daughters, Sandra Maxwell and Jean Maxwell; son, Eddie Maxwell (Diane); 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Fairview. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to CarePartners Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

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  1. Sooo sorry, Eddie, Sandra, and Wilma Jean,
    Alma was the Grandmother of My Daughter, Lisa Marie, and was a different kind of women, I could talk for hours about Her, cause that was the type of women she was. Such a dear Lady. She was the BEST X-Mother-n-law, as an X-Daughter-n-law could ask for. I never seen Her in all the 35 plus years, that She always told Me how pretty I was, Hair, body and all, She told me a lot of times, if you could not get along with My Son, ED, I have always LOVED You. My MEMORIES are MY TREASURE, She was an Angel. She is Gone from Sight but not My Heart. My Sincere Sympathy and Condolences, ALWAYS. Thinking, and Praying, for You all in the days ahead. Love, Janet

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  2. What a special lady. Never met a stranger. I am so proud to have known her over the years. I always loved to hear her and my mom laughing and having a great time. She will surely be missed by many. Prayers to all the family but rejoice in knowing she is laughing , singing and most of all enjoying Uncle Bob and Aunt Sally and all her family gone before her. Love to each of you.

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  3. I wil forever miss you my dear Friend. Who knew a week ago when I left you & told you we loved you, that would be the last time I would speak w/ you. You left us too soon. Mother & I will miss our daily calls, & I will miss my visits. We had a lot of good times over the years & you truly were a fighter, I so admired that in you. You are now @ peace. Thoughts & prayers to Eddie, Sandra & Jean on your loss. She was a very Special woman. Love, Barbara & Mae

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  4. I wil forever miss you my dear Friend. Who knew a week ago when I left you & told you we loved you, that would be the last time I would speak w/ you. You left us too soon. Mother & I will miss our daily calls, & I will miss my visits. We had a lot of good times over the years & you truly were a fighter, I so admired that in you. You are now @ peace. Thoughts & prayers to Eddie, Sandra & Jean on your loss. She was a very Special woman. Love, Barbara & Mae

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  5. Yet another hinge in our family falls away. We all miss you and there are no words to fill that void. I look forward to the day that I see you again in heaven. I pray our family will use this heart breaking time to pull close and find comfort in the rest of our family, and not fall further apart. Everyone please keep in touch. ~With Love: Brandy Stephenson Burcham, great niece~

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  6. Sandra, Jean and Eddie we are sorry to hear of your loss. Your mother will be missed but she is now spreading her laughter in Heaven. Our prayers are with you during this time.

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  7. Sandra, Jean and Eddie we are sorry to hear of your loss. Your mother will be missed but she is now spreading her laughter in Heaven. Our prayers are with you during this time.

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  8. Alma’s husband, Benson, was my husband’s roommate at Asheville Health Care Center in Swannanoa, back in the early 2000’s. I met Alma and her niece, Florence, when they visited Benson. Alma was a great soul, and the world is a much less happy place without her in it. (BTW, Mr. Calhoun is still with us–he will be 105 in January 2015.) We are very, very sorry for Alma’s passing, and extend our sincerest condolences to her family. God bless!

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  9. Alma’s husband, Benson, was my husband’s roommate at Asheville Health Care Center in Swannanoa, back in the early 2000’s. I met Alma and her niece, Florence, when they visited Benson. Alma was a great soul, and the world is a much less happy place without her in it. (BTW, Mr. Calhoun is still with us–he will be 105 in January 2015.) We are very, very sorry for Alma’s passing, and extend our sincerest condolences to her family. God bless!

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  10. To Eddie and the family. Asheville has lost a dear friend, her wonderful smile and great laugh were a big part of my welcome to Asheville in 1987. Prayers are with you all.

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  11. To Eddie and the family. Asheville has lost a dear friend, her wonderful smile and great laugh were a big part of my welcome to Asheville in 1987. Prayers are with you all.

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  12. I am so sorry for your loss. Alma worked with my mother (Edwina Edwards) years ago at F.W. Woolworth’s Harvest House. She brought smiles and laughs to everyone she met and often cheered my mother with her antics and joking. My mother spoke fondly of Alma and how she made the day better and pass faster ‘just by being there.’ May our Heavenly Father comfort you in your time of loss.

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  13. I am so sorry for your loss. Alma worked with my mother (Edwina Edwards) years ago at F.W. Woolworth’s Harvest House. She brought smiles and laughs to everyone she met and often cheered my mother with her antics and joking. My mother spoke fondly of Alma and how she made the day better and pass faster ‘just by being there.’ May our Heavenly Father comfort you in your time of loss.

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  14. Michael cooper.
    I worked with alma in 2004 she was the nicest woman I’ve every met I like her very much she will be greatly miss.

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  15. Michael cooper.
    I worked with alma in 2004 she was the nicest woman I’ve every met I like her very much she will be greatly miss.

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  16. Wilma Jean, Eddie and Sandra, I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mother was one of a kind. Always cheerful and had a good word to all. I never saw her moody. She will be truly missed by everyone that ever knew her.

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  17. Wilma Jean, Eddie and Sandra, I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mother was one of a kind. Always cheerful and had a good word to all. I never saw her moody. She will be truly missed by everyone that ever knew her.

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  18. Some of my fondest memories growing up and in adult life center around eating at the Hot Shot and Alma’s humor to lighten up people and get them laughing in no time flat. You never knew what to expect when you walked in the door at the Hot Shot. That’s what made it so great. I love you Alma and will greatly miss you.

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  19. Some of my fondest memories growing up and in adult life center around eating at the Hot Shot and Alma’s humor to lighten up people and get them laughing in no time flat. You never knew what to expect when you walked in the door at the Hot Shot. That’s what made it so great. I love you Alma and will greatly miss you.

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  20. Eddie, Wilma Jean and Sandra, Your Mother was one of a kind. I remember us when we were all kids going to Hazel Green Church; your Mother was always a happy person with a personality that kept everyone laughing. Always joking, cheering people up when they were down. I remember her at Hotshot wearing her pantiloons and sometimes, a shoe of a different color. She was an ‘icon’ to that restaurant and people enjoyed her antics and witty sayings. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I’m sure that Alma is rejoicing with the Lord today. Please accept our deepest condolences.
    Phil and Joyce Elkins Evans

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  21. Eddie, Wilma Jean and Sandra, Your Mother was one of a kind. I remember us when we were all kids going to Hazel Green Church; your Mother was always a happy person with a personality that kept everyone laughing. Always joking, cheering people up when they were down. I remember her at Hotshot wearing her pantiloons and sometimes, a shoe of a different color. She was an ‘icon’ to that restaurant and people enjoyed her antics and witty sayings. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I’m sure that Alma is rejoicing with the Lord today. Please accept our deepest condolences.
    Phil and Joyce Elkins Evans

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  22. Melita Frisbee Eddie, Wilma, Jean, Sandra I`m so sorry for your loss. Your mother will never be forgotten with my Family we go down memory lane a lot. May God Bless Each One of You Give You Peace, Comfort, Strength. Love Each One of You . Melita Frisbee

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  23. Melita Frisbee Eddie, Wilma, Jean, Sandra I`m so sorry for your loss. Your mother will never be forgotten with my Family we go down memory lane a lot. May God Bless Each One of You Give You Peace, Comfort, Strength. Love Each One of You . Melita Frisbee

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  24. Always remember her kindness and her saying while she worked at hotspot ,if you wanted regular or hightest coffee.She always made my day a little brighter .

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  25. Always remember her kindness and her saying while she worked at hotspot ,if you wanted regular or hightest coffee.She always made my day a little brighter .

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  26. We always looked forward to Mrs. Allen (Granny to us) when she shopped at our store. She came in with the biggest smile on her face and never failed to tell each and every one of us how beautiful we were. I have never met a more positive and beautiful lady. She always left us in awe and with a huge smile on our faces! She will be missed, but I am so thankful for having been just a small part of her life. Heaven definitely gained an Angel when He called her home. You will forever live in our hearts and memories.

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  27. We always looked forward to Mrs. Allen (Granny to us) when she shopped at our store. She came in with the biggest smile on her face and never failed to tell each and every one of us how beautiful we were. I have never met a more positive and beautiful lady. She always left us in awe and with a huge smile on our faces! She will be missed, but I am so thankful for having been just a small part of her life. Heaven definitely gained an Angel when He called her home. You will forever live in our hearts and memories.

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  28. Eddie, so sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. From all these stories and pictures, she must have been one more awesome lady. Prayers for you and your family! Love to your family, Suzanne Huskey

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  29. Eddie, so sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. From all these stories and pictures, she must have been one more awesome lady. Prayers for you and your family! Love to your family, Suzanne Huskey

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  30. Alma was my cousin by marriage. I’ve have known her most of my life. She was always such a good person and so inspirational! She seemed to happy all the time! She always had a smile on her face. Her family has my deepest sympathy! My prayers will be with you.

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  31. To Alma’s family we extend our sympathy. We would take friends to the Hot Shot Cafe to be a part of the Joy of Alma. She was truly one of a kind. A real gift. We left there well fed and smiling and grateful that we had been in her presence. Go loves you Alma. Barry and Barbara Pate

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  32. To Alma’s family we extend our sympathy. We would take friends to the Hot Shot Cafe to be a part of the Joy of Alma. She was truly one of a kind. A real gift. We left there well fed and smiling and grateful that we had been in her presence. Go loves you Alma. Barry and Barbara Pate

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  33. Eddie and Family,
    Sorry for your loss but rejoice in the knowledge that she is in the arms of Jesus! It is always difficult when someone so unique and radiant passes. I am praying for your healing during your time of sorrow. Michelle and Joey

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  34. Eddie and Family,
    Sorry for your loss but rejoice in the knowledge that she is in the arms of Jesus! It is always difficult when someone so unique and radiant passes. I am praying for your healing during your time of sorrow. Michelle and Joey

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  35. Eddie I can hear your mom an granny Calloway shouting all over heaven cause those two ladies got happy a lot she sure will be missed a lot you will see her again an so will I Brenda Calloway Austin

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  36. Eddie I can hear your mom an granny Calloway shouting all over heaven cause those two ladies got happy a lot she sure will be missed a lot you will see her again an so will I Brenda Calloway Austin

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