Christine Israel Miller

christine miller

January 2, 1921 ~ May 23, 2023

Born in: Buncombe County, NC
Resided in: Candler, NC

Christine Israel Miller, 102, of Candler, passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2023.

A native of Buncombe County, Christine was a daughter of the late Jesse Lee and Sydna Reagan Israel. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Willis “Bud” Miller; grandson, Christopher Eric Miller; brother, Jesse Israel, Jr.; and sisters, Louise Lozier and Lanelle Stamey.

Surviving is her daughter, Judy Horn and husband David; son, Lloyd Willis Miller, Jr., and wife Gladys; grandsons, Jason Horn (Nikki) and Matthew Horn; granddaughter, Lisa Miller; great-grandson, JR Moore; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graduate of Candler High School, UNC-Greensboro and Appalachian State University, she taught at Candler High School and Enka High School. She was then a librarian at Candler Elementary School and was Supervisor of Educational Media for the Buncombe County School System before retiring after 31 years in Public Education.

She was extremely active in numerous professional organizations such as the NCAE, N.C. Library Association, Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority and DAR.

She was a Christian above all else and a lifelong member of Piney Mountain United Methodist Church in Candler. She was a teacher, counselor and chairperson of numerous committees. She took great pride in helping rebuild the church after it was destroyed by fire during WW II.

She was an established genealogist collecting huge amounts of Hominy Valley and Buncombe County family history and shared that information with numerous community and family members.

Christine’s family thanks her Piney Mountain Church family for their support during her final years and the wonderful staff at Pisgah Villas and Pisgah Manor for over thirteen years of loving care.

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday at Piney Mountain United Methodist Church Cemetery with Pastor Glenda Hayner officiating. The family will greet friends in the church fellowship hall following the interment.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Piney Mountain United Methodist Church, 14 Piney Mountain Church Road, Candler, NC 28715.


Graveside Service: May 26, 2023 11:00 am

Piney Mountain UM Church Cemetery
14 Piney Mountain Church Rd.
Candler, NC 28715


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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


View current weather.

Memories Timeline


  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Christine was the best at capturing your attention with all the wonderful stories she could tell so well. She has left an amazing legacy. I know she’s with our heavenly Father, and talking it up with Bud, and Jesse, and Betty. She was so special. 🙏

  2. Christine was a special lady who touched my life in many ways. She introduced me to a love of books back in school and then became a wonderful friend. We spent lots of time together over the past years having many conversations, listening to singing, and having meals together. She loved her family, her church but above all she loved the Lord. I will always be blessed by my time with her and know that she is so happy to finally be home. What a celebration when she saw Jesus and all those who had gone before her. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. I will miss you my friend but know I will see you again one day. I love ❤️ you!

  3. Willis & Gladys, Terry and I are sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. May you have comfort and peace during this sad time.
    Surrounding you with love and prayer.

  4. We all have great memories of Christine and also of Bud. We’re keeping the family in our prayers.

  5. Christine as well as Bud positively impacted many lives including ours. Prayers for comfort and peace to the family.
    Franklin & Glenda Redmond
    Lee & Sherry Gibson

  6. My prayers are with all the family. Mrs Miller wasa great person. I loved the days we went to the libary so I could see her.
    Rose Bennett Seleska

  7. I credit Christine with encouraging my never-ending love of reading. Was always proud to know she was a relative while still my favorite teacher (although we never acknowledged that to any of my friends).
    A lovely lovely person.

  8. to a good english teacher back in the 50 ts. She was a good friend all through the years.She will be missed.

  9. Christine Miller was such an inspiration to all ages and such a kind, interesting, God-loving and God-fearing person, who cared about her fellow-mankind! She will be missed, but her positive influence will transcend all time! ❤️

  10. Judy, we are so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing but know you have many, many fond memories of the time you spent together.

    We miss seeing you and David.

    Donna and Frank Holt

  11. We just heard of Christians passing. Although we have not seen her in years, we have fond memories of her from the past Miller reunions. She was a wealth of knowledge when it came to Buds family. We thank her for sharing her knowledge and her love for the Miller family. Love to all her family ❤️

  12. My very favorite high school teacher; taught me to love learning; a great inspiration to me! Condolences to her family and friends! What a legacy she has left!

Sign the Guestbook, Light a Candle