May 15, 1933 ~ November 28, 2019

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

Betty Haynes Harbison, 86, passed away Thursday, November 28, 2019 at Care Partners Solace Center.

Mrs. Harbison was born in Buncombe County to the late Junius and Annie Williams Haynes.

She was also preceded in death by her husband Charles Harbison. Charles and Betty were married for 63 years on earth, their love for one another was beyond the sunset, as they both departed this world on Thanksgiving Day and were reunited three years later almost to the hour. Also preceding her in death was a daughter, Karen Lytle and two sons, Ritchie Harbison and Charles Harbison, Jr.

Betty was a lifelong resident of Buncombe County. She loved the Lord, was an avid reader and cared for others. She also loved baking and scrapbooking and spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by her four children; daughter, Charlene Herman (Ron) of Richmond, VA; three sons, Doug Harbison of Greensboro, NC, Mark Harbison (Ida) of Aiken, SC and David Harbison of Richmond, VA; one brother, Stanley Haynes (Geraldine) of Asheville; three sisters, Jeannette Harbison of Asheville, Joyce Neal of Asheville and Gloria Lewis (William) of Michigan; 18 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A special thanks to the doctors and nurses who assisted Betty over the years.

The funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian with Brother Mark Harbison officiating. Burial will follow at Ashelawn Gardens of Memory.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 10:00 to 11:00 AM on Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Harbison Family Reunion Scholarship Fund, 5202 Silkwood Drive, Durham, NC 27713.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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


Visitation: December 5, 2019 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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


Funeral Service: December 5, 2019 11:00 am

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



Ashelawn Gardens of Memory
901 Aiken Road
Asheville, NC 28804


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  1. Mark our love and memory’s with you at this time. And the spirit will never leave or forsake you and family we love you and spirit will strengthen you at this time

  2. Our sincere love, thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time! Your mom and dad were very dear to our family! We love you all!
    Ruby and Stan Rogers

  3. Sorry to hear about Sister Harbison passing. Praying for the family. I lost my Mother around this time. May the Lord Bless you and Keep you. In Christian Love, Dennis Wolfe

  4. To the Harbinson we send our deepest sympathy regarding the loss of a truly amazing sister in christ.She was such a beautiful lady with a warm personality who always gave me the best advice during my struggles in life. She will always be remembered as a very loving and kind Christian lady.

  5. Dear Harbison Family,
    We share in your loss of Sis Harbison. She was not only our sister in Christ, she was our family. Bro and Sis Harbison made such a huge impact on our lives and loved our children as if they were their own grandchildren.
    We love you all and will miss both your parents dearly.

  6. May you Rest In Peace with the love of your life. You surely were a shining light in my life and for that I give thanks to God. I’ll miss you dearly. Elaine

  7. Dear Family:
    All of you are very much in my heart and prayers during this time. There are so many special memories that our families have shared together throughout the years and I know so many of our lives were richly blessed by your Mom and Dad’s enormous labor of love, service and sacrifice to the whole Gate City community. I will forever cherish the memories and sincerely thank God that He blessed myself as well as my family to be loved and taught by them at such young ages. Praying that you will be continually surrounded by God’s grace and goodness.

  8. Dear Family,
    Our deepest condolences go out to you our family. May God give you all comfort and peace at this time.
    The Shivers Family – Michael, Chante’, Miani, Jayden and Sanii

  9. Dear family,
    We are deeply sorry for your loss. Your mother and all your family are special and will never be forgotten. May God continue to be with you during this difficult time. We will always be here for you.

  10. May you have peace and tranquility during these difficult times. You are in my prayers and will always have my love and support. Your family has held a special place in my heart for many years.

  11. Dear Harbison Family,
    Betty and Charles were my neighbors for 18 years at Park Avenue. Welcoming, humorous and generous only begin to describe Betty (and Charles). When my parents passed away, she and Charles were there looking out for me and I’ve never forgotten their many kindnesses then and throughout the years that we lived across the street from each other. My heart goes out to all of you as I know you must miss her dearly. However, I am confident that Betty has become one of God’s newest angels and one day we will all see her again. My love to all of you.

  12. My wife, JoAnne, and I are saddened by your loss. We knew Betty as a sweet and gentle Park Avenue neighbor. She and Charles were a gracious couple. And I so much enjoyed my stops for theological discussions with Mark. God bless all of you as you take joy in the life of this wonderful woman.

  13. On the passing of Mrs. Betty Haynes Harbison, my dearest friend, sister at heart and in Christ; I offer my deepest and most sincere sympathy to her wonderful family – Charlene, Doug, Mark and David, grandchildren, great-grandchildren; sisters, Jeannette, Gloria, Joyce, and brother Stanley. May God send angels to be with you.

    Betty, a beautiful soul of faith, love, dignity and distinguished humanity, is now with God – reunited with Charles, Sr., Charles, Jr., Ritchie and Karen.

    I will always remember her as caring, devoted, faithful and in loving service to her family, especially as mother to her children and to her beloved husband, Charles, my friend, who predeceased her.

    I celebrate Betty’s life, and I am thankful that she was so much a part of my life. I have beautiful memories of her – as best friends and neighbors – living next door to her, seeing her care for Charles, Charlene and Charles, Jr. (Ba’y Brother); preparing to visit her brother in Chicago with Jeannete and Robert Harbison; my babysitting Charlene, Ba’y Brother, Mark and Doug, while she and Charles visited Gloria in Durham; first time meeting with younger daughter Karen and her children, and seeing Charlene, again, with her family. I last saw Betty and Charles at the surprise party that I gave for my mother on her 70th birthday. Without saying they were coming; they drove from Asheville to Greenville to attend the party and surprised me.

    We enjoyed sharing our gifts and talents – recipe exchanges, love of painting, books, 4-H activities, home decorating and more. Through the years, we kept in touch – visits, frequent phone calls, letters, birthday and holiday cards, gifts of books, recipe exchanges; supporting, advising, listening and caring, as friend do – sharing our faith, joys, sorrows, disappointments. There are so many memories of this once in a lifetime friendship. I remember Betty most for our shared faith and our understanding, loving, caring for and valuing our families

    My dear Harbison Family, I believe God rests Betty’s soul in peace and has given her eternal repose.

    “May the Lord of Peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way.” – Thessalonians 3:16

    I ask God’s love, care and comfort to lead, guide and protect you, always.

    Blessings! Grace! Joy! Mercy! Peace!
    With Love,
    Ruth L. Burgin


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