April 28, 1942 ~ June 27, 2016

Born in: Asheville, NC,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Barbara Paulette "Polly" Jenkins Surrett, 74, of Asheville, died on Monday, June 27, 2016, at the Solace Center in Biltmore. Mrs. Surrett was born April 28th, 1942 in Asheville, NC. She was the daughter of the late Paul and Pearl Jenkins, and wife of the late Donald Edwin Surrett. She graduated from the Biltmore High School in 1960, with continued studies at UNCA. She served for many years as treasurer at Sweeten Creek Baptist Church, was employed at Sears, and was co-owner of Associated Aircartage, Inc.; but she was best known as a woman of Godly character, virtue, and unconditional love for others. She is survived by son Shawn Surrett and wife Kim; daughters, Denita Winstead and husband Pete, and Sandi Sherlin and husband Darrell; brother, Henry Jenkins; sisters, Nancy Woods, Jan Seiler, Mary Austin, Linda Jenkins, and Sharon Tyndall; 12 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to any cancer research foundation of your choice.

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  1. Sandy and to the family you have a great loss but you have wonderful memories and she’s going home to don so there’s some joy in the sorrow…. I love you all see you soon

  2. My thoughts and prayers are with each one of you during this great time of sorrow. Barbara was a wonderful women and a great friend, I will miss her greatly. She was a ear for me when I needed to talk and a huge comfort. I know she is well now with no more sickness or hurting in anyway.

  3. So sorry to hear about Polly. We had so much fun growing up together and going to church at Sweeten Creek..We were so close as children. my prayers for the family.

  4. To all the family:
    Our hearts go out to you!
    Your mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister. ..
    was a fine Christian lady. We never heard a cross word from her. She always had a gentle quiet spirit. Heaven has gained a sweet soul!
    We luv you guys. You are in our thoughts and prayers!

  5. Dear Family Just want to say that i am so sorry for your loss. She was and is a wonderful lady. Her live touched a lot of people and I am one on them. God really gained an ANGEL. I love all of you.

  6. We love you so much Nana. Our hearts feel empty without you. But we know that you are with Papo again and are free. I’ll miss your sweet, gentle voice and unconditional love.

    I miss you already.
    I love you Nana.

  7. Praying for you and your family Sandi. I pray for comfort and understanding during this time. I Love you My Friend. ❤️

  8. What a sweet woman of God you were and an example to all who knew you, Polly! Our prayers are with all the family members who weep for their loss, which is but temporary for those who know they will be reunited by our precious Savior in that day!

  9. I loved your mother like my own. As we were growing up what she put up with eh? She was loved and she will be missed.

  10. So sorry for your loss! Prayers for all of you during this difficult time! We love you guys Sandi, Shawn and all the kids of both of you guys so if anyone needs anything please let us know!! I can honestly say I’ve heard so many wonderful stories from the grandkids of ‘nana’ that I know this is such a painful hurtful loss, she was such a wonderful woman who without a doubt loved every child of hers and grandchildren!!!!! heaven gained a glorious Angel!

  11. Sandi,
    My heart is with you today even though I can’t be with you in person. I never had the privilege of knowing your Mom, but I know her daughter and that tells me a lot about her, she raised a kind, considerate, giving, faith filled, beautiful daughter who carries her Mother in her wherever she goes.
    I love you my dear friend, and I will be praying for the God of all comfort, to hold you close. God bless you and your family.

  12. Shawn, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. Please know that I am thinking of you and your family. I love you and think of you often.

  13. Sandi, Your mom was beautiful and this is a great video tribute. I did not realize that she was near the end of her life and facing cander. I am so sorry! She died in the Solace Center where my Mom died in April. I know how wonderful that place is! Bless you and all your family..

  14. Knowing Polly and her mom, dad, siblings and their spouses is one of my greatest blessings. Wish I could’ve grown up with them. There’s no better people than this family..they’re all PRECIOUS and have been so very important to me and my family. Polly’s quiet, gentle spirit drew many to her. She was always willing to let others shine. In my grief, I have to remember that she’s in no pain..She’s joyous and healthy and with her Heavenly Father.
    Family, I pray for your peace and comfort..your health and happiness. I love each and every one of you.

  15. We offer our condolences to all of Polly’s family, from two of her many friends from old Biltmore High.
    Polly was a wonderful classmate, as pretty on the inside as the outside, a good student and very popular. We were a close-knit group then and we consider ourselves still ‘family’ today.
    May God grant Peace to you all. Judy & Dick Allen, and many BHS classmates of Polly.

  16. Dear Denita, your mom was such a sweet, lovely lady and an example of the Proverbs 31 woman. Our hearts are heavy for you and your family. We will keep you in our prayers.

    Jerry and Mary Beth


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