Bruce Emory

bruce emory

September 22, 1942 ~ July 9, 2021

Born in: Buncombe County, NC
Resided in: Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville- Bruce Emory, of Asheville, passed away Friday, July 9, 2021 surrounded by his loving family.

A native of Buncombe County, he was a son of the late Francis C. Emory and Virginia L. Emory. Bruce was also preceded in death by his wife of 30 years, Bobbie Adams Emory as well as two brothers, David and Robert Boone.

Bruce was a Vietnam veteran of the U.S. Navy and served on the U.S.S. Bausell. He was also owner and operator of Emory Trucking in Center, TX.

He is survived by five sisters, Gwen Weeke (David) of Greenville, SC, Sharon Biddix of Weaverville, Frances Smith (Bob) of Asheville, Lynn Culberson of Arden and Jane Johnson of Bend, OR; one grandson, Adam Bradshaw of Spring, TX, Kevin Vande Kamp, who was like a son to Bruce, of Colmesneil, TX as well as many nieces and nephews.

The family would tike to express their genuine gratitude to the entire staff at the Charles George VA Medical Center for their compassion and tireless care of Bruce during his time there.

A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.


Graveside Service: July 17, 2021 11:00 am

Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Overlook Road
Asheville, NC 28803

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  1. My dear GREAT uncle Bruce,

    I’m so glad I had the chance to get to know you for the last few years while you were living in North Carolina. I’m even happier that my children got to spend quality time with you. They remember the Sunday morning breakfasts. They remember ordering pizza for them. You made quite the impact on their little lives. They’ll never forget their GREAT GREAT Uncle Bruce, and neither will I or Frank. Thanks for your service to this country. You will be missed.

    This quote keeps coming to mind.

    “He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.” — Antoine de Saint-

  2. Uncle Bruce had the manliest voice I’d ever heard. I always felt safe when he was around…no one would dare mess with us when that big, burly man was around.

  3. I have great memories of visiting you and Bobbie in Texas. I love you. I wish I was able to fly to NC to see you one more time. (Debbie helped me write this).

  4. Bruce, I’ve told you repeatedly, that you’re my Hero… You always will be! I love you and miss you more than I can say…give Musher and Papaw hugs and kisses until I can get up there…

  5. Bruce
    I’m so glad I got to actually meet you I just wish we could have had more time to get to know one another better until we meet again

  6. My dear sweet brother, I love you so. My heart is breaking to lose you but I will see you soon. God will take care of you now.

  7. My dear sweet brother, I love you so. It breaks my heart to lose you but God will take good care of you now and I will see you again soon.

  8. Linda M Gipson and Eddie Mahaffey So sorry for your loss May God’s presence comfort each of you

  9. Dear family I am not able to be there with you but please know I love you all. So sorry for your loss, will remember Bruce always and praying for all of you. We were all like part of my family especially your Mother and Dad. Hope to meet all of you in Heaven.

  10. My Sweet Brother, you were always so protective (I didn’t always appreciate) and loving. I will always cherish our conversations of our childhood and many loving memories of those we loved. No longer in pain, you are now with our Holy Father. I will see you again.

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