December 17, 1933 ~ October 25, 2004

Born in: Asheville,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Alvin Eugene Rich, 70, of 676 Macedonia Road, Asheville, died Monday, October 25, 2004, in an Asheville hospital. A native of Asheville, he was a son of the late Homer and Betsy Smith Rich and was also preceded in death by his first wife, Martha Rich who died July 26, 1995, and by a brother Albert Rich. He was a former metal finisher and was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Ann Davis Rich; two daughters Dorothy Francis of East Flat Rock and Shirley Ward and her husband Jeremy of Leicester; one son Kevin Rich and his wife Robin of Fairview; stepsons Edward Ray Worley of Charlotte, Randy Worley and his wife Robbie of Marshall, and a step-daughter Karen Lewis Pressley and her husband Jamie of Asheville; a sister Sue Tysinger and her husband Ed of Lexington; brothers Clyde, Robert, Ernest, Harley, Jon, Millard and Curly Rich, all of Lexington; grandchildren Jonathan Worley, Jessica Worley, Samantha Worley, Kristi Worley, Brittany White, Brandi White, Kelsey Ward, Delana Ward, Carrie Rich, Danny Gridley, Sean Gridley and Michelle Dasher; and four great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery with the Revs. Woody Ledford, Sr. and Woody Ledford, Jr. officiating. His family will receive friends from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Wednesday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue and at other times will be at the home of Shirley Ward, 28 Bittersweet Trail, Leicester. Memorials may be made to the family in care of Peggy Rich, PO Box 8033, Asheville, NC 28804.

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  1. We would like to express our sympathy to all of the family. May God grant you a peace that passes all understanding during this time of grief.

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  2. Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Your Co-Workers at ESI

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