Bertie Lanford Denton

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Bertie Louise Lanford Denton, 90, of 117 Adams Hill Road, Asheville, died Wednesday, April 19, 2006, at the John F. Keever, Jr. Hospice Solace Center. A native of Buncombe County, she retired from the City of Asheville where she managed the City Hall Snack Shop. She was a member of Emma United Methodist Church. She enjoyed gardening, baking, reading, and sharing her books and love of reading with others. She participated in many church activities including the annual bazaar where she was known for her baking and candy making. She was the daughter of the late Hubert Chesley and Mary Hughes Lanford. She was married to Charles Burcham Denton, who died November 11, 1989, and was also preceded in death by a brother, Hubert James Lanford, and a sister, Mary Ella Lanford. She is the beloved mother of, and survived by her six children, daughters, Barbara D. Randall and husband David of Weaverville and Mary Rebecca Lawrence of Asheville; sons, Charles B. Denton, Jr., and wife, Marsha, of Newnan, GA, John C. Denton and his wife, Sheila, of Dyersburg, TN, Daniel Bruce Denton of Asheville, and David L. Denton of East Flat Rock; nine grandchildren, Brian Lawrence, Katrina Sailers, Jessica Tracy, Adrienne Emery, Miranda Denton, Patti Salter, Kevin Howard, Scott Cutshall, and Patricia Muse; one sister, Freddie Cote of Carmel, IN; one brother, Frank Lankford of Asheville; and eight great-grandchildren. She was also a special aunt to many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Emma United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Warren officiating. Interment will be at Pisgah View Memorial Park. Her family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue. Memorials may be made to Outreach, Emma United Methodist Church, PO Box 6821, Asheville, NC 28816, or to CarePartners, Mountain Area Hospice, PO Box 25339, Asheville, NC 28813.

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  1. Grandmother will be greatly missed. I wish I could be there with you all to mourn her loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Love and miss you all,
    Jeff, Katrina, Jordyn & Madelyn Sailers

  2. Barb, it’s always painful when a parent passes, but it’s apparent that your mother lived a very full life. You have our sympathy.

  3. We worked with your mother at City Hall. She always had a smile on her face and a kind word for everyone. When she retired, we missed seeing her. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family during this time. It is hard to lose a parent, but remember she has gone to a much better place than where we are. We will get to see her smiling face again some day. God Bless You and Your Family.

  4. God’s Peace to the family of a wonderful lady. Although I moved from Asheville 3 years ago, a friend and fellow retiree notified me of your loss. I have many fond memories of Mrs. Denton. She always had a smile and kind word. May you know His strength during this time.

  5. I was sorry to hear of Bertie’s passing. She was a wonderful person with a big heart. Our office use to take breaks at City Hall Snack shop and we all enjoyed Berti’s cooking. We got to know many members of her family that she was so very proud of. After Bertie retired she would invite our whole office to her house for lunch at least once a year. I have many good memories of Bertie and I know she will be missed by all that knew her. But like me, everyone has good memories of Bertie that will always be you. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  6. Bertie was a wonderful human being. She always had a smile and something good to say to everyone.


  7. David, we are so sorry to learn of your mother passing away. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Sincerely, Danny and Sheri


  9. May God bless you and keep you all…I just heard last night about Bertie’s passing…what a wonderful human being. I worked at City Hall and considered Bertie and Charlie as my good friends. I lost my mother last week and this felt like a double blow. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

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