Bruce B. Whitt

bruce whitt

December 1, 1949 ~ June 26, 2022

Born in: Buncombe Co., NC
Resided in: Candler, NC

Bruce B. Whitt, 72, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday June 26, 2022 at his home peacefully.

Bruce was born December 1, 1949 in Buncombe county to the late Bailey and Frances Allison Whitt.

Bruce was a lifelong resident of Candler, NC where he was active in many local groups and clubs. Bruce was a Mason, part of The Lion’s Club, and a Shriner where he was known for running horse shows for many years. Bruce was active in the local Wildlife Club organizing the seasonal Turkey Shoots. He was an avid member of Piney United Methodist Church.

Bruce was the owner and operator of Whitt Motor Sales, Inc. in Candler which was as much a gathering space for friends as it was a retail business.

Bruce was a loving family man. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Reeps Whitt; son, Beau Whitt and his wife Holly; grandchildren, Kaison and Finley Whitt; and his sisters, Candy and Linda.

Funeral services will be held Friday, July 1 at 2:00 p.m. in the Patton Avenue Chapel of Groce Funeral Home with Pastor Ron Hartman officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

His family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12:30-2:00 p.m. Friday, prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to his grandchildren, Kaison and Finley for their college funds as they will be his greatest legacy.


Visitation: July 1, 2022 12:30 pm - February 22, 2024 2:00 pm

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


Funeral Service: July 1, 2022 2:00 pm

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


Burial: July 1, 2022 3:00 pm

Forest Lawn Memorial Park
1498 Sand Hill Road
Candler, NC 28715


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  1. Bruce was more than a friend, he was my buddy. From high school to the present, we never lost touch. God Bless the family at this time. See ya later Bruce, save me a good ride.

  2. The most honorable and greatest man I have ever known. Full of integrity and honesty. Was a man of his word. Who talked so often of his grandkids and the love he had for his son and them. He was a proud man, husband, farther, and grandfather. Stood as a great role model for more then could ever be counted. But know he is with God and all the glory of heaven.

  3. There are no words for the legacy Bruce has left on his family and the Candler Community. His shining personality will live on in the hearts of his family and those who knew him.

    Shirley, MeLissa and Alex Fender

  4. Bruce was such a nice person and always smiling at Enka. I graduated with him in 1968. God Bless his family. My prayers are with all the family.

  5. We are saddened by the news that Bruce has left this earth. He was an outstanding Candler citizen, business owner and one of our very loyal customers. We will certainly miss his appearances at the food truck.
    Sweet Southern Funk Inc

  6. How lucky we were to have him in our lives. Uncle Bruce left such an imprint on our hearts and his absence will be felt in our family always. We have such beautiful memories of his steadfast optimism and endless patience from my childhood, as well as Max’s. Our love for him will remain. -Tracey and Max

  7. Bruce was a good brother-in-law and friend. We have known each other for over forty five years. He was always dependable when he was needed. He will be missed.

  8. Phyllis and Family,
    We were heart broken to hear of the passing of our friend, Bruce! He was a kind and good man, and a friend to so many. Gary just recently had the opportunity to visit with Bruce, and they talked about old times. Phyllis, May Gods peace and love surround you and all your family. With deepest Sympathy, Sandra & Gary Coggins

  9. Bruce and I are related through his father Bailey Whitt, my 3rd cousin. Bruce is an outstanding example of the Whitt clan: hardworking, upstanding, honest, not afraid to declare his faith in God and his acceptance of Jesus Christ as his personal lord and savior, knowing he had a home prepared for him in Heaven. I saw him 2 weeks ago and we talked about our Savior that day. Bruce always had a smile and handshake for everyone he met and he lifted people up and made their day a little bit brighter just by being in his presence! God has another jewel in His crown with Cousin Bruce Bailey Whitt!

  10. What a great man! Whitt will be greatly missed. Prayers are going out to all the family! God bless!

  11. We have enjoyed many years of friendship and business. Saddened by his passing and he will be greatly missed. He never missed an opportunity for a kind word and an encouraging smile. Mickey and Toni Buckner

  12. I just saw Bruce occasionally over the years but he was always kind, friendly and fun to be around. May God be with his family and loved ones.

  13. Bruce was a good one for sure! Everyone that I have ever known, that knew him has said that. He was the only “used car” salesman I’ve ever known that was actually honest. They don’t make ’em anymore like old Bruce. R.I.P. Man!

  14. We were deeply saddened to hear of Bruce’s passing. He was not only a good and fair car dealer, but a friend as well. May the Lord give the family comfort during this difficult time.

  15. We were very sorry to learn about Bruce. We all grew up around Candler NC and Enka High School. Our dad loved the Wildlife Club Meetings that Bruce was a part of. So many friends there to share great memories with. We will be remembering you and your family at this time. With much sympathy – Steve McKinney and Phyllis McKinney Jamison.

  16. Phyllis and Beau, our thoughts are with you and Bruce’s family as you move through this time of loss. Bruce was a wonderful friend and will be missed more than words can express. We will celebrate the memory of this remarkable man who will be with us always.

  17. Whitt became my good friend ever since we met at the Auto Auction. I was deeply saddens to hear of his transition but I know he is in the hands of a loving God. He will be missed greatly.

    Rev. Joseph M. Comage

  18. We were deeply saddened to hear of Bruce’s passing. May the Lord give the family comfort during this difficult time.

  19. My deepest condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Bruce. He surely was a good friend of mine. I will miss him.

  20. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Phyllis, Beau and family at this time. Bruce was a great friend and will be greatly missed.
    Ronnie and Deborah McCarson

  21. We are so sorry to hear of Bruce passing it was such a shock, he was always kind & truthful & hard working he will be greatly missed in Candler!

  22. Bruce was a life long friend. His business was a gathering place for friends to come, visit and have a cup of coffee. He was one of the finest men I’ve ever known and his passing is a great loss.

    Danny Whitted

  23. Phyllis and Beau we are praying for peace and comfort for you. Still so hard to believe. Bruce will be missed by so many.

  24. Ruthie and I were so sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing. Keeping the family in our thoughts and prayers.

    Robbie & Ruthie Dempsey

  25. Bruce was a customer of ours at American Transmission for many Year’s and we became good friend’s!He served his customers and his community with honesty and respect and did so much to serve them. .We sure will miss him just being down the road Candler will never be the same without Bruce. Prayers for his Family.

  26. Deepest condolences, I considered Bruce a friend and a good man. May God bless you and keep you in this trying time.

  27. So sorry to hear about our Precious friend. Our Prayers go out for All Bruce’s Loved ones and for your loss. We feel very privileged to had known Bruce.. A Good, humble, kind and Godly man with a true heart of Christian Love for his family his church and the children missions, friends and for everyone. He Glowed with the spirit of God upon him. A man with a sincere &everlasting smile. Just a wonderful Example and illustration of Jesus. He put Jesus first in his life then others he gave and then put his self last. Never a thought of self gain. Bruce having the Fullness of Jesus dwelling within him that Showers & overflowed to everyone he meet. He would Even stop to pray with others right then no matter the time nor how busy he might of been for the need of Prayer was fare more of importance. A servants heart to witness for Jesus. He was loved by many will be greatly missed by us and all. Sincerely Ricky Sherri Rick Ryan Parham Family.

  28. Dear Whitt Family, I’m so sorry to hear of Bruces’s passing. I used to rent property from his mom and dad on Sand Hill Rd. Such a great family. Ive bought a few cars from Bruce and he was always so nice and helpful. So thankful for him and his part for helping the animals. He will be missed by many. Prayers for you and your family.

  29. I just learnt of the passing of Bruce, I’m so very sorry to hear this. He was such a great man. I worked at the tag office for many years and always loved talking and visiting with Bruce. We always loved talking about our grandchildren. He will be missed. Phyllis and family you are all in my prayers.

  30. So sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing, just recently found out, we thought maybe he had retired. Bruce was the most kind hearted soul, went to his business for years to notarize forms for my children to go to a Christian camp and never once charged me. My middle son bought his first car from his lot. Such a sweet man who spoke of his family often, sending thoughts and prayers for the family.

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