Bessie Mae Fletcher

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         Bessie Gasperson Fletcher, 100, died Tuesday, November 17,
1998, in an Asheville hospital.                                              Mrs. Fletcher was born in Buncombe County and was a
daughter of the late Marcus and Pashia Hare Carland.  She was
married to Harry Gasperson who died in 1939, and to Frank
Fletcher who died in 1959.  She was also preceded in death by
sons, Kelly, Roy, and Herman Gasperson, a daughter, Jessie Hare,
brothers, Lawrence, Bill, Ed, Joe, Paul and Dwayne Carland, and
sisters, Kathleen Pace and Grace Johnson.  She was a life member
of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

     She is survived by a daughter, Lois Evans of Asheville, with
whom she made her home;  a son, Junior Gasperson of Arden;
seven grandchildren and a number of great and great-great-
grandchildren.

     Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm Friday at Mt. Zion Baptist
Church with the Rev. Cecil Robinson officiating.  Burial will be in
the church cemetery.

     Her family will receive friends from 7 - 8:30 pm Thursday at
Groce Funeral Home where Mrs. Fletcher will remain until being
placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service.  The family
will be at the son’s home, 2321 Long Shoals Road.

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