September 29, 1947 ~ October 25, 2008

Born in: Haywood County, NC,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Barry Eavenson, 61, of 25 Holly Lane, Asheville died unexpectedly Saturday, October 25, 2008, in Hampton, SC. Mr. Eavenson was born in Haywood County and lived in Asheville he was a son of the late Thomas D. "Tom" Eavenson. He was preceded in death by his son, Ricky Brian Eavenson, an identical twin brother, Garry Eavenson, and a son-in-law, David Allen Walker. He was member of New Morgan Hill Baptist Church. He was a graduate of Wingate University and was president of Appalachian Stove, Inc. He was the owner and operator of E & E Motors. He was a hard working man who was loved and respected by all who knew him. His family and grandsons who knew his as "Pa-Paw" were the most important thing in his life. They were the sunshine of his life. Other than his family his favorite past time was hunting. Barry was a self-made man having built his own house, 2 businesses, Appalachian Stove, with his late twin brother, Garry Eavenson and co-owner of E & E Motors with his late son, Ricky Eavenson. He loved old cars and car parts. The saying could never be truer, "One man's junk is another man's treasure." Those who had the privilege of knowing Barry knew what a jewel of a man, husband, dad, Pa-Paw, son, brother, uncle, and friend he was. He helped so many people and never wanted acknowledgement for his good deeds. His grandson's described him as "being the BEST!" Left to cherish his memory and carry on his legacy are his wife of 41 years, Ailene Fortner Eavenson, a daughter, Karen Eavenson Walker Henson, and her husband, Rick Henson of Bethel, a daughter-in-law, Dawn Eavenson Weems, of Candler; grandsons, Ricky Elvis Eavenson, Kameron Brian Walker, and Neyland David Walker, 2 step-sons, Cody Michael Henson and Kalam Walker Henson, his mother and step-father, Valerie Eavenson Holloway and the Rev. Virgil Holloway; two sisters, Patsy Plemmons and her husband Larry of Surfside, SC, and Peggy Messer and her husband Manson of Canton; two brothers Tommy Eavenson and his wife, Vicki, of Canton; and Scott Eavenson and his wife, Kathy of Waynesville and a sister-in-law, Peggy Eavenson, of Asheville, many nieces and nephews, and many people who loved him and were his friends. A funeral service will be at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday in the Chapel of Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue with the Revs. Roy Houston and Virgil Holloway officiating. Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Forest Lawn Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday evening following the service. Memorials may be made to the building fund of New Morgan Hill Baptist Church, 370 Lake Drive, Candler, NC 28715. Barry's hard working ethic, wisdom, and love of his family and friends will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

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  1. What a great man my uncle was. He was always there for me and my whole family. He took care of us all. I know that he is in a better place and that we will all see him again soon. I love you Uncle Barry.

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  2. My Uncle Barry was such an amazing man. He always knew how to make me and my sister laugh. I will always remember the funny stories he would tell at Thanksgiving and Christmas. He was the leader of the pack who loved and cared for so many. I can’t wait to see him along with our other family members who have passed on. What a Day that will be!!!! To God be the glory. I love you Uncle Barry

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  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Barry’s life touched a lot of people in a positive way. He will be missed.

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  4. Ailene and family,
    Barry was such a very special cousin. It is so hard to believe he is gone – but now he’s with Garry. I will always treasure the memories of us growing up next door on Border Street and then on the hill. Our group of cousins was a very tight bunch. I will always remember our times at church and all the special times at Granny & Grandpa Sheltons. We will see them all again some day. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  5. Ailene and family,
    We were so sorry to hear of Barry’s passing. Words don’t seem sufficient to express feelings at a time like this, but you all are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love in Christ.
    Ron and Audrey

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  6. I’m so sorry for your loss. Barry was a wonderful man with a strong and kind heart and personality. God bless each of you during this difficult time…

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  7. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bring you great comfort during this difficult time.

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  8. Ailene and family,

    I was deeply saddened to here about your loss. Barry was always so much fun to be around and had a story to tell. He was a blessing to so many people. He had a way of lighting up a room and changing your mood…cherish the memories. Your entire family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

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  9. Ailene, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. Barry was a very good friend to me. It seems like only yesterday when he and I were coaching Ricky, David, Jim, Dan, etc. up at the Little League park. Little did we know it then, but those were the good days! May God bless you and your family !

    Willis

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  10. It is really hard to believe that Barry has gone to be with our Heavenly Father. He was a very special cousin. As we are growing up, I always looked up to him and Garry and treasured the times that the Shelton Family was together. We will truly miss him but look forward to the day when we will see him again. Our love and prayers,

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  11. Karen, Ailene and Family-
    Our prayers and love surround and support you through this time. May GOD give you strength! Barry will be missed. We love you,
    Tanya, Robbie, Briah & Selah Frisbee

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  12. Uncle Barry will always be one of my favorite uncles! He always made me laugh. I’ll never forget spending the night with Karen and getting homesick. Uncle Barry knew exactly how to make me happy again. He will always be loved and missed, but I have reassurance that he is in Heaven rejoicing with Ricky, Allen, Gary and Papaw Tom!

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  13. Karen, I am sorry for the loss of your father I know how it feels to loose a father as I lost mine last March 2007. There’s nothing like daddy’s little girl. We are all thinking about you and your family. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

    Scott,Lissa and Chandler Jackson

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  14. I wanted to tell the family that I am so sorry for your loss.Barry was a great friend and he will always be missed.My thoughts and prayers are with you and may god help you deal with this terrible loss.

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  15. Ailene & Family, It greatly saddened me to hear that Barry is gone from you and family. He was such a special kind of person. I worked in the office at applachian stoves for a while for ‘the Bear’ and he was always such a warm compassionate person. I know there is no words that will lessen your pain right now but just hold on the promise in Gods word that you will see him again one day soon. He will be greatly missed here but heaven has gained such a special person.All of the Eavenson family will be in my prayers. Lynda Hensley

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  16. Barry was a good friend to me and he always had an interesting tale to share with me. He was always very generous whenever I needed anything. He will be missed and you all we be in our prayers during this difficult time.

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  17. I am so sorry for the family’s loss. Barry was a great friend to me and many others. The car shows and the corner grill breakfast every morning before work just won’t be the same without my friend. Im sad for our loss but im sure he’s went through those pearly gates and catching up on old times with Garry and Ricky. I love and miss you all.

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  18. We will always miss your smile and kind words. You were very kind too us and you will forever live on in our hearts. We know our FATHER is happy to have such a wonderful child with him now but ask him to save a place beside you for us because we are going to miss you very much our dear,dear friend.
    Tiny, Miss Tiny, Derek, and Alaina.

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  19. Karen and family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. I’m so sorry for your loss.

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  20. Did not know the gentleman but my sister Betty Harvey worked with his wife and she always talked about his good christain faith and his good family, God will hold you strong

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  21. Dear Karen and Ailene,
    Words cannot describe the immense sympathy that we feel for the pair of you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers will continue for each of you and your extended families.
    Keith and Jamie Revis

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  22. Aileen & Karen,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My heart goes out to you and the family. Even though I am no longer employed with Appalachian Stove, Barry was the one that offered me the position there. He was a well respected boss, tough on the outside but a teddy bear on the inside. He had a story to tell everyday and I loved to hear them. Being a grandparent now, I know they were the light of his life and he will be missed by everyone that knew him. Karen, I know you were a daddy’s girl as I was and it will be hard for awhile but you have a lot of wonderful memories. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family. Love, Janet Ward

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  23. Karen,Rick,and family we are so sorry to hear of your loss our prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

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  24. Karen, Ailene & Family,

    I truly don’t know what to say except how much I love you all and wish I could be there to give you hugs.

    When I think about ‘Mr. Eavenson’ I can hear his laugh in my head. I loved his laugh. Every memory I have of him is of him smiling. I love that.

    Please know that my entire family is thinking about you all. We love you all and will miss Mr. Eavenson so very much.

    Mandy Bowman-Nissim & family

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  25. Ailene, even when time and distance keeps families apart, it can never break the bond between family members. I am so sorry to hear about Barry, but my love is with you. Our time here is so short and so often we forget to stop and say how much we love one another.

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  26. Karen,
    We are so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you and praying for your encouragement during this difficult time.
    Love,
    Chad, Beverly, Cooper and Caroline Watson

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  27. Aileen & Karen – Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I know Barry will be missed greatly by a lot of people. Our life is so short here and sometimes our suffering is hard to bear but remember that if God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.

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  28. My heart goes out to the entire Eavenson family. I had never personally met Barry, but from hearing Peggy speak of him, I know what a kind, caring man he was. My prayers are and will continue to be with the family.

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  29. Our wonderful friend barry will be missed unexplainable. Your entire family and especally Alleen have our thoughts and prayers.God bless a very special family and great friends.

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  30. Karen, Aileen, and Family,
    Its just unimaginable what your family has been through. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Faith will get you through.

    Lisa Hall
    CARS staff

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  31. Miss Ailene, Karen and family,
    You are all in our prayers. We love you and are so sorry for the loss that your family once again is having to go through. If we can do anything at all please let us know. We found this and hope that it will help to comfort Phillippians 4: 7 and the peace of god which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
    With love,the Wilson family.

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  32. This world is a much emptier place without Barry in it, though our lives are richer for having known him. His kind, gentle way touched everyone who knew him-we will forever remember his laughter-Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.

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  33. Our deepest sympathy to your family on the loss of Barry. It has been several good years since we shared space in the Fullerton Waiting Room at Mission when he and Ben had heart attacks in 1992. The Lord provided more years for both of them then, and he will continue to provide strength for you in the days ahead.

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  34. Ailene and family,
    I know in my heart that Barry is in Heaven with his father, Ricky, Festus and Garry. I know that their up there eating fried pies and icecream. I love you all and I am praying for you each day. It won’t be the same without Barry, he was a great friend, I was blessed to know him!!

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  35. Our thoughts and prayers are with Barry’s family during this very difficult time. I used to see him just about every day at Barkley Toyota, and consider him a good friend. He was always smiling and always had something good to say. He will be missed.

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  36. Dawn and Little Ricky,

    We are sorry to hear about your loss. We love you both and you and your family are in our prayers.

    Love,

    Eddie and Rita

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  37. Ailene and Karen,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are and will continue to be in our prayers.

    Tim, Sandy and Wyatt Jackson
    Candler, NC

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  38. Karen,
    Please know that we are praying for you, the boys and your mom. If you need anything please do not hesitate to call me. Sending our love and encouragement, Lisa

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  39. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of loss. Barry was a wonderful and caring person with kindness in his heart. He will be missed.

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  40. its been a long time,however i will never forget the pride barry showed us kids on the ballfield at the old venable ballpark. he really enjoyed teaching us guys the game. may that twinkle in his eye always shine down on your family… take care bruce

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  41. Ailene,

    My deepest heartfelt sympathy to you and your family for your loss. Having worked for and with Barry for eighteen years, he was more then a good friend. He was like a brother to me. He was a true Southern Gentleman that will be missed by all.

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  42. To Barry’s family with deepest sympathy.Barry will be truly missed he was such an inspiration to everyone he met.He truly gave living a new meaning.He enjoyed life so much every day, he made the most of it.He always had a smile on his face, and was a pleasure to be around.Our thoughts and prayers go out to each and every one of you, his memory will live on forever.I thank god that i had the pleasure in my life of crossing paths with such an awesome individual and to have gained his friendship.
    Sincerely
    Dean&Rebecca Plemmons

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  43. Karen, Eileen and Family

    We at the Corner Grill are so sorry for your loss. We will truely miss feeding Barry breakfast every morning. He was a joy to know and we will truely miss him.

    Jerry Owneby
    Stacy King
    Debbie Anderson

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  44. Family,
    Sorry we were unable to attend the service as the weather is my worst enemy, but our prayers were with you all during this difficult times.May god grant you all the grace to face tomorrow with out the one you love. You will miss him and god is the only one who can take away some of the hurt but you have so many memories to help thru all the trying days ahead. Our prayers will be with all of you and a memorial will be sent to the church in his memory.

    Love and prayers,
    The Patterson Family
    Nancy, Chris
    Kimber and Justin Warlick.

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  45. We were so blessed to have you as our uncle. We will miss you more than words can express. Thank you for wonderful memories. We love you.

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  46. We mostly knew Barry from the car hobby and his business, so we only saw him rarely. But whenever and wherever we saw him, he was always the same great guy. Such a shock, and our thoughts and prayers will be with all those he left behind. May God be with each one of you.

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  47. I am so sorry for your loss. Barry was truely a great inpiration for all that knew him and a mentor on the ball field. He will be surely missed.

    Mitzi Coats Canipe & Family

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  48. I’m so sorry for your lose. Barry was a great man who will be missed by all. He always had a smile and touched everyone he met in his special way.

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  49. My dearest sisters-in Christ Ailene and Karen:My deepest sympathy on the lost of your love one.May God comfort your heart and bring you peace at this time. To the rest of your family also.Remember you will see Barry again and will be with him and the others that have gone before him.May God bless you and smile upon you and your family with an ever ending peace and comfort. In Christ with love: Glenn & Blanca T. Woody and The Bill S. Phillips Family. AlsoTanner.

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  50. Our prayers are with you and your family at this time of sorrow.Due to illness I was not able to be at the service’ but I am praying for you and your family and will continue to do that without ceasing. We love you and Barry will be miss a lot.Keep your faith anchor on Jesus and He will bring you the peace that passes all understanding.Love with deepest sympathy Blanca T. Woody

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  51. Peggy,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine how you and your loved ones are feeling, but you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Your friend,
    Mary Carol

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  52. Ailene: I was sorry to hear about Barry’s death. As you know, I stand ready to help if I can. I was unable to make it to the funeral service due to a death in my extended family. My thoughts and prayers to you and the family and my great memories of a true friend in Barry.

    Reese Lasher
    (828) 252-1277

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  53. Dear Aileen, Karen and Family,

    We learned of your loss yesterday and were so very sorry to hear this news. May God’s grace sustain all of you and get you through yet another tragedy. Sometimes it seems like only yesterday that our daughters were in kindergarten together, but so many of life’s trials have faced us. Please know that friends care no matter how much time has past.

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  54. Dear Aileen, Karen and Family

    I am sorry about the loss of Barry. He was a man that I knew for the last 8 years and he was just like a grandfather to me. He was my fishing buddy. He made the rogers boy and me stay in line and treated us all like grand kids. We love you

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  55. I will forever treasure the memories I have of our times spent together. By the way you lived your life, you taught me how to put Christ before all things, how to go the extra mile for others, how to keep my head up and endure challenging times, how to forgive, and most of all- the importance of family. I could never ask for a better uncle, mentor, or friend.

    I will miss you Uncle Barry.

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  56. Ailene,
    Barry made a lasting impression during the years at Venable.I was fortunate to have him as a coach and also as a friend.My prayers are with you and your family.

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  57. Ailene and Family

    We are so sorry for your loss. Barry was a wonderful man and we will miss him. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  58. Dear Karen, Arlene, and Family,
    I was very sorry to hear about Barry. Karen, you were always very special to me. I will praying for all of you during this difficult time. May God be with you all!
    Love,
    Susan

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  59. To the family: Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers. Rest assured you will see Barry and the rest of the family again. Your family is an inspiration of faith, courage and strength during the times of trial. We lift you all up in the name of Jesus.

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  60. To Barry’s Family and Friends, I’m sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. I knew Gary from his time racing and the colector car hobby. He was always smiling and willing to help anyone without expecting anything in return. He was a great inspiration to a lot of people in this area, in what could be accomplished with imagination and hard work. Please take comfort that he is with friends that have proceeded him in going to be with the Lord and you will be with him again someday. God Bless you in this time of sorrow, Eddie Atkins

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  61. Ailene and Karen,

    I am so sorry you are having to go thru this again. I met Barry 13 years ago when he was one of the ones that hired me at Appalachian Stove. I only got to work with Barry a few short years before his first heart attack but in the time I worked for him he was a hard working man, who loved his family very much. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  62. Ailene and Karen, We were so sorry to hear about Barry. You both are special to us. We will continue to keep your family in our prayers. Martha Warren & family.

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  63. I have many good memories of Barry and your family at the Venable ball fields. May you and your family feel God’s peace and love.

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  64. To Barry Eavenson family:
    My apology for this late message. I have been out of touch locally for several days.

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Barry. I will never forget our days of fellowship at Barberville Baptist Church. Barry and Garry were always a good, clean fun team, and a joy to be around.

    I appreciate the life of Barry, and want all the family to know you are in my prayers and thoughts, as these days of bereavement are endured.

    May God richly bless each and all of you, as life must continue until Jesus comes, or we are called home one by one.

    Cordially,
    Keith (& Ollie) Gibson

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  65. To the Eavenson family,

    I was a friend of Barry’s and Garry’s while attending Wingate College 65-67. I had just looked through my ’67 college annual, and fondly remembered their friendships. I searched the internet hoping to reconnect our memories only to find I was too late. I am so sorry! Barry and Garry were fine young men who loved their mountain heritage. I will warmly remember them.

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