January 19, 1949 ~ January 9, 2020

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

Brenda Gayle Waddell Johnson, 70, passed away Thursday, January 9, 2020.

A native of Asheville, Brenda was a daughter of the late Albert and Etha Miller Waddell. She was also preceded in death by her sons, Matthew and Bradley Davis, sister, Betty Jean Jacobs, and brothers, Roy “Bud” Waddell, Kenneth Ray Waddell, and James Waddell.

Surviving are her husband, Carl Johnson; daughter, Brooke Johnson (Johnny); sons, Brian Wilson (Rosanna), Brett Davis, and Brandon Davis; grandchildren, Kateland, Gabriel, Conan and Logan Wilson, Emma, Abby and Karley Davis, and Mia, Riley, Jace and Carter Morgan; great-granddaughter, Nora Wilson; sister, Carolyn Young; brother, Michael Waddell; and best friend, Margie Blackburn.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 18, at Gospel Baptist Church, 74 Oak Hill Drive, Asheville, NC 28806.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting the family.


Memorial Service: January 18, 2020 2:00 pm

Gospel Baptist Church
74 Oak Hill Rd.
Asheville, NC 28806

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Carl so sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing,,,may God give you and the family
    comfort at this time…In my prayers..

  2. Went to school all thru elementary and high school with Brenda. Praying for family. Carolyn and Gerald Stamey Class of EHS 1967.

  3. Was best friends with Brenda in high school. We used to go skating at Enka Roll A Rama, & ride around in Etha’s car. We would go to Brenda’s home after school & Brenda would fix us a steak & home fries. Those were the days. I had tried to contact her a few weeks ago to see how she was doing. So sorry that I didn’t get to see her. My deepest sympathy to her family. 💔

  4. My deepest sympathy to Brenda’s family and friends. She was a member of our Enka High Class of 1967.
    Sincerely, Dennis W. Jordan

  5. Carl and Brooke,
    Words can not express how sorry we are to hear of Brenda’s passing. It seems like only yesterday we were at the softball field cheering on the girls. Brenda was a big part of our Brooke’s life for 3 or 4 years and we have missed every moment of the friendships we created. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.
    Scott, Sonya & Cody Robinson
    Brooke Robinson (Dobson)

  6. To Carl and the rest of Brenda’s family .She was amazing . She was my hairdresser for years . Never have had one like her since .She will be missed.

  7. Carl, I’m so sorry to learn of Brenda’s passing. Praying for you and the family especially during these difficult days. I have many memories of Brenda especially during evening appointments at the Salon.

  8. So sorry Carl and family for the loss of your loved one. May your memories of Brenda remain alive within your heart forever. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you all!

  9. Carl and family, so sorry to learn of Brendas passing. She was always smiling and friendly. Now she is with our heavenly Father, no more pain or sorrow, just perfect peace. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.We will not be able to attend her service, but please let us know if there is anything we can do . Love and prayers, Loretta and Charlie Higdon

  10. We were classmates of Brenda from Enka High School. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of her family. May the Lord give you the peace and grace to face your loss.

  11. Brenda was such an amazing, wonderful woman and a dear friend to my mother for many, many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.


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