Arvel Lawrence Fincher

arvel fincher

August 14, 1934 ~ December 8, 2022

Born in: Chattanooga, TN
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Hear ye, hear ye, as a matter of public notice, Arvel Lawrence (Larry) Fincher has died at age 88 after a long race against time. He passed on Wednesday, December 8th, 2022. Family members who will adjust to his absence are: wife Marian, daughter Katherine, son David, granddaughter Isabella, sister Phoebe, and sister Polly. If you knew him here in Asheville in his activities of computing, teaching, or race walking, pause with hopefully positive thoughts.

His life and career journey carried him from his birthplace in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Texas, to Michigan, to North Carolina, to Oregon, to Georgia, and lastly, to his final resting place here in beautiful Asheville. He was a soldier, a physicist, a university administrator, a husband, a father, a grandfather, and a man of character, dedication, and good humor. Along the journey, he and Marian, his wife of 65 years, traveled to the UK and Europe many times, climbed the Great Wall of China, and visited countless wonderful places in this grand and bountiful United States of America.

In retirement, Larry was both an avid teacher and learner at OLLI at UNC Asheville. From teaching courses on computers, to Chaos, to quantum physics while wearing an Einstein wig, he always shared his excitement for learning about anything and everything in our world. Apple Computer Corporation and the computer community in Asheville owe him a debt of gratitude, and will surely miss his constant help and guidance. First Presbyterian Church of Asheville will miss his fellowship and service, but in connection with his lifelong faith, his mortal remains and memory will be close to the community in the Memorial Garden. Friends are encouraged to visit him in the garden, share a moment of contemplation, but please, no prayers to him for tech support for new versions of the Apple operating system.

The family asks in lieu of gifts, flowers, or food, that everyone take a moment and celebrate Larry’s life by remembering the labors of all the teachers in our lives that have helped us all grow and learn.

Memorial donations in Larry’s name can be sent to the “Society For Science” ( which was founded in 1921. SFS has been dedicated to expanding scientific literacy, access to STEM education, student opportunity, and scientific research, for more than 100 years.

Godspeed to you, but don’t exceed 186,000 miles per second. It is not just a good idea…it’s the law. Einstein, Planck, Newton, and a pantheon of physics greats await your arrival.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. That was a wonderful write up on a very interesting renaissance man.
    It captured his humor and his brilliance.
    The Apple Users Group will miss his educational but very understandable take on every new
    Apple product and operating systems.
    His courses at OLLI were rewarding for the members and for Larry as well.
    Peace filled wishes and prayers for his sisters and their families and for David, Katherine and Izzy and for Marian.

  2. Prayers for all the family. He is joining his parents and his little brother George — what a beautiful moment.

    • Larry contributed so much to our Givens community. His skills and accomplishments were many and he graciously shared them with us all. Thank you for sharing Larry with us.

  3. My wife (Diane Wilson) and I always enjoyed seeing and talking with Larry at local races. He was and is an inspiration. Always a smile and positive attitude!

  4. We are deeply saddened; Larry helped us both in so many ways. Thanks to his enthusiastic example, he helped so many of us establish a good walking experience. His class was one of the first classes I took at OLLI and I made lifelong friends through it. Fond memories of Tuesday group walks at the Arboretum, back when parking was free! Go in peace, Larry

  5. Losing Larry was like losing one of my best friends. He was always willing to take time to answer nearly any question I put to him, which were often and many, and not always Apple related. My heart goes out to Marion and Katherine for their immense loss.The earth will be a lesser place without him. I’m grateful for all that I learned from him, may he rest in peace.

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