February 17, 1927 ~ September 17, 2022

Born in: Cleveland County, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Charlotte Mae Borders Plemmons, 95, passed away Saturday, September 17, 2022.

A daughter of the late William Herbert and Laura Falls Borders, Charlotte was born Feb 17, 1927. She grew up on a cotton farm outside of Shelby, NC. She learned at a very early age to work the fields, do farm chores, and care for 4 younger siblings to sustain a family of eleven.

She was an excellent student, who played basketball and drove the school bus. Charlotte was recommended by a high school teacher to a UNC Chapel Hill recruiter, who came looking for Pharmacy students during a time when all the usual male students were taken away for World War II. After careful discussion with her parents, she enrolled, then graduated 4 years later with a B.S. in Pharmacy in 1948. There she met the Love of her life, Bernard Bailey Plemmons who was also a student at Chapel Hill. The lovely couple eloped August 14, 1948. She began working as a Pharmacist at Adams Drug Store in Asheville, NC in that same year. Charlotte secured an apartment on Flint Street in Asheville and walked to work every day until Bernard graduated and joined her. She was the first female Pharmacy Manager in the history of Asheville. They raised their 4 children, Drew, Dwight, Donna and Dianne in the Beverly Hills Community.

Charlotte was a gifted seamstress in her spare time, sewing and designing clothing for all her children and various friends. She also made drapes, bedspreads, pillows and even teddy bears and dolls. When her husband Bernard passed away in 1970, she continued to work and raise their four children. Charlotte worked most of her career at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Asheville, NC and retired in 1989. She and her husband Bernard Bailey Plemmons were the Charter Members of Beverly Hills Baptist Church where she served continuously and faithfully as Sunday School teacher, and for multiple children’s programs. She enjoyed being with, and caring for her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Anyone who knew Charlotte noted her unique gentle personality, and her desire to joyfully and steadily serve others. She loved her church and loved Jesus. She followed his lead through prayer and scripture in everything she did. We will miss her beyond words. We will remember her often, but we rejoice that she is in the care and loving comfort of our Heavenly Father.

Charlotte is survived by her children, Drew A. Plemmons (his spouse Anna), Dwight Plemmons (his spouse Martha), Donna Humphreys, Dianne Ables (her spouse Jeff); grandchildren, Tania Laveck (her spouse Taylor), the late Drew B. Plemmons, Molly Hendrix (her spouse JR), Suzannah Justus (her spouse Craig), Maralee Holden (her spouse Tyler), Carmen Bartley (her spouse Greg), Tyler Ables (his spouse Katy Smith), Jacob Ables and Scarlett Ables; great grandchildren, Naomi Israel, Jessica Israel, Will Israel, James Justus, Middleton Hendrix, Averley Holden, John Holden, Laelya Ables and Baby Ables (on the way). Charlotte was preceded in death by sisters and brothers, WH Borders, Henderson Borders, Sara Self, Robert Borders, Eunice Rhyne and Ruth Hendrix and is survived by sisters Jewel Brown and Elzie Borders.

A Funeral Service to celebrate Charlotte’s life and legacy will be held at 12:00 PM on Friday, September 23 at Beverly Hills Baptist Church with Reverend Tim Lolley officiating. A link to a service stream may be accessed here: Charlotte Plemmons Service A brief graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday at Green Hills Cemetery (25 New Leicester Hwy, Asheville NC 28806). Her family will greet friends at the church on Friday morning from 11:00 AM until the service begins at 12:00 PM.

Groce Funeral Home’s Tunnel Road team is assisting the family.


Funeral Service: September 23, 2022 12:00 pm

Beverly Hills Baptist Church
777 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805


Burial: September 23, 2022 1:00 pm

Green Hills Cemetery
25 New Leicester Hwy.
Asheville, NC 28806


Visitation: September 23, 2022 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Beverly Hills Baptist Church
777 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road
856 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805


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  1. Mrs. Plemmons was such a wonderful lady. She was one of the strongest women I’ve ever met but was always poised and gracious. She made a big impression on my childhood. May she rest in peace and continue to watch over her family from above.

  2. I enjoyed reading about your mother. She had a strong and full life. You can certainly be proud of her. May angels sing her home to God.

  3. Sending your family love & hugs, Dianne.
    May you find peace in your loving memories of your Mom. She is looking over you from heaven – in pain no more – and now resting in God’s heavenly arms.
    🙏Blessings👼Brenda & Charles Ploss

  4. My thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time. I remember conversations we had about your mother and the deep love and affection you and your family felt for her was so apparent and I am certain she always knew how much she was loved. Although you will all miss her and ache at your loss, your love for her will leave a memory that will never fade. Wishing you much peace.


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