February 14, 1934 ~ July 8, 2019

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

Bruce William Faulkner, 85, passed away on Monday, July 8, 2019.

A native of Buncombe Co., Bruce was a son of the late Cleo Clinton and Mary Ellen Knighten Faulkner. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Ruby Estelle Redmon Faulkner; daughter, Debbie Faulkner; sister, Peggy Drake; and brother, Jack Faulkner.

Mr. Faulkner proudly served his country in the Korean War with the U.S. Army. After returning home, he met and married Ruby Redmon. They went on to build a life of genuine love, hard work, and a strong faith in God. After retiring from Sayles Bleachery in the early 1990s, he and Ruby traveled the U.S., visiting at least one Wal-Mart in each state.

After Ruby died in 2012, Bruce enjoyed time with Ryan, his grandson whom he dearly loved. He was able to attend Ryan’s graduation on June 15, 2019. He also enjoyed sharing breakfast from JK’s Restaurant and watching his Westerns.

He was a lifelong member of Bent Creek Baptist Church, where he was a dedicated member of the Young at Heart Sunday School Class.

He is survived by his daughter, Darlene Penland (David); grandson, Ryan Landon; and sisters, Linda Stewart, Mary Duck, and Marjorie Stevens; and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral service for Mr. Faulkner will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Bent Creek Baptist Church. Pastor Porter Jennings will officiate. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

His family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service at the church beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The family would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to Dr. William Snoddy and his nurse, Sonja, at Mission Family Medicine, Drs. Durham, Volk, England and the staff of Mountain Kidney, as well as Monica, Laura, all the staff of DaVita Dialysis and Skyland EMS for their tireless dedication in responding immediately.

Flowers are welcome and appreciated, but donations may be made as well to samaritanspurse.org.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family.


Visitation: July 10, 2019 11:00 am

Bent Creek Baptist Church
Brevard Road
Asheville, NC 28806


Funeral Service: July 10, 2019 12:00 pm

Bent Creek Baptist Church
Brevard Road
Asheville, NC 28806


Burial: July 9, 2019 1:00 pm

Bent Creek Baptist Church Cemetery
Brevard Road
Asheville, NC 28806


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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


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  1. Our hearts go out to you and your family! Darlene, you have been the most wonderful daughter that any Father could ask for! Prayers, love and hugs for you and all your family!

    • Joseph & Fonda Borras
      Bruce was a wonderful dad and a great husband and everyone loved him! He will be missed but now he is in heaven with Debbie and your mom looking down on you and waiting until we all can meet again!

  2. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Faulkner, I have prayed for him many times. I know he must have loved his family dearly, because he raised and shared his wonderful daughter with us, Darlene.
    Heaven got a little sweeter yesterday and I know you will all be together again. Wrapping you all in prayer!

  3. All my memories of Bruce are wonderful. He was the sweetest, kindest man I’ve ever known. I always considered Bruce to be my “2nd daddy” since I spent so much time with him and Ruby when I’d stay with Debbie. He always had a hug, a smile and lots of jokes when I was there. He was the best daddy and loved you both. He will be greatly missed, but I can take comfort in knowing he’s with Debbie and Ruby and we will see them all again one day. Keeping you in my prayers.

  4. My prayers go out to you and your family for your loss. Bruce was an extremely lucky man to have such a caring, dedicated and selfless daughter to assist him during the past few years. Darlene, you gave him a quality of life that he may not have known otherwise. He was able to stay in his home surrounded by the things that brought him comfort. We don’t ever imagine our lives without our parents until it becomes reality. He is at rest. I love you!

  5. May you finally find peace…you fought a hard battle and still seemed to show your smile with your daughter and grandson…continue smiling on them…

  6. My heart breaks for you Linda, Mary Belle, and Marjorie. Bruce was always just the sweetest kindest most loving guy to all my family. My prayers will be with you as you move on without our very dear Bruce. Love and hugs to each of you.šŸ’—šŸ’—šŸ’—

  7. While I never had the privilege or opportunity to meet this wonderful man, I am blessed to know his dedicated and devoted daughter. My condolences and my heartfelt sympathy to this family.

  8. So very sorry to learn of the passing of Bruce. It has been many Years since I had seen him.
    He and I were in the same grade together at Venable and Sand Hill school.
    My condolences to the Family! Rest in Peace Brother Veteran!
    Harley Fender, Fairview, NC.

  9. Darlene, I am so sorry for the earthly loss of your father. Even when there is a period of declining health & you know it is coming, it still hits like a ton of bricks. So thankful he got to see Ryan graduate. The little red headed boy is growing up into a fine young man. We can look forward to the glad reunion day in the happy hereafter. BTW, Bill took his life on May 28, 2016. Unfortunately we know his outcome is far different than your father’s. Jane Dotson

  10. Darlene I was very sorry to hear about the loss of your father Bruce. He was such a Godly man & was loved by all. My Mom & Dad, Henry & Helen Shillinglaw thought the world of Bruce & Ruby. Now they are are rejoicing together in heaven šŸ™šŸ¼ We were all blessed to have known him.

  11. What precious memories we have of Bruce and Ruby at Bent Creek. We’re so sorry to hear about the lost to everyone who knew Bruce, especially his family. He was always such a special joyful person when we were around him at Bent Creek Baptist. We pray for Ruby and family during this time of grief. May God give Comfort only he can give at a time like this. Wish we would have seen you more through the years but look forward to heaven. What a day that will be.

  12. Thank you Jane and David; this is Darlene, his daughter. Because you mentioned Mom (Ruby) I thought you should know she died February 9, 2012.

  13. Have not seen family in a lot of years but have love for the hold family they are and where special people.

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