May 22, 1922 ~ January 26, 2007

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

CJ Rich, 84, of 710 Olivette Rd., Asheville, died Friday, January 26, 2007, at Memorial Campus Mission Hospitals. A native of Buncombe Co., Mr. Rich was a son of the late Conley Jeremiah and Donna Spivey Rich. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth Cole Rich, who died in 1969. Mr. Rich graduated from Jefferson High School in Jefferson, NC, and then attended North Carolina State University. He worked for the US Forest Service for several years before becoming an insurance agent in 1949. He had been an independent agent for Nationwide Insurance for 58 years. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Weaverville. Mr. Rich is survived by his wife of 36 years, Azalee Johnson Rich; aunt, Agnes Huntsinger, and eight cousins. Funeral services will be 4:00 p.m. Sunday in Groce Funeral Home chapel on Patton Ave. with the Revs. David Parks and Skip Gillikin officiating. Interment will take place at 11:00 a.m. Monday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. His family will receive friends at the funeral home following the service on Sunday. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Weaverville, 30 Alabama Ave., Weaverville, NC, 28787.

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  1. Dear Azalee, I feel priviledged to have known CJ for many years. I had insurance with him for 46 years and not only was he my insurance agent, he was also my friend. He will be missed by many people. My deepest condolences to you.

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  2. Mrs. Rich,
    Please know that you are in my thougths and prayers at this time. Mr. Rich was my first insurance agent in 1969 and I always thought of him as a true gentlemen. He will be missed. Donna Fox Lefler

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  3. Mrs Rich,
    I was very sorry to hear about CJ. he will definitely be missed by all of us in the Nationwide Insurance Family. I work at the Kiser Agency and always enjoyed talking with CJ. He was admired by many.
    May God bless you during this difficult time.

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  4. azalee, cj was probably the most respected and trusted agent i knew during my 42+ plus years as a fellow agent in sylva. one of my fondest memories was the celebration of 100 years of agent service, cj 55 years and alex whitaker 45 years. may god bless. jim & katie allman

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  5. C.J. was a kind and loyal friend. if you ever needed him he was always there to help you. He was a very special person. I know he will be missed by me and lots of others too. I know he is in heaven watching over us. He will be missed. Every time you met him he always had a smile on his face. And he always tried his best to make you smile too. Specially with his little stories he toldyou . He will be remembered. God bless him and everyone he knew.

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  6. Azalee, C.J. was always a great friend of our family, as well as our insurance agent. I shall miss him very much. You both have been special to us. C. J. is now in heaven with my Dad, June Glenn, Jr. You are in my yhoughts and prayers.

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  7. C.J. was truly one of a kind. His warmth, kindness and wisdom have positively impacted many generations in manner few of us ever will. I can honestly say I have never met anyone that knew C.J. and did not like him. While he will be missed I am confident he will not be forgotten. Who but C.J. could coin their very own professional designation, albeit not official, that would ring through the halls of management in a Fortune 500 company? Coveted by all, awarded solely by him and only after careful reflection and sufficient interaction, I am of course speaking of the famous CS (common sense) Designation. I tip my hat to C.J. on a life well lived and on his own terms. May God bless the family during this time and that you may find peace that He has blessed the rest of us with our acquaintance of Gentleman C.J.

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  8. I am very saddened at C.J.’s passing. We go back some 30 years when I was an adjuster with Nationwide Insurance and beyond. We always enjoyed kicking around a coverage question, laughing at a good, clean joke, and sharing fellowship. I will truly miss C.J. and to you, Azalee, my deepest sympathy. C. J. was a good and decent man. We will not see the likes of him again.

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  9. Mrs. Rich,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Mr. Rich was a friend to our family for over 50 years. He was a neighbor to my Uncle’s family and was also my late parent’s agent and friend. My late husband and I started doing business with him over 45 years ago. He was most attentive to everyone’s needs, and will be greatly missed by all who came in contact with him. He was one of a kind and I am proud and blessed to have known him.

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  10. sorry for your loss. he was a good man. i done business with him for years. he will be missed alot. he really helped people alot. you could always count on him.

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  11. Azalee, I am sorry I was unable to attend the funeral. C.J. was a good friend and we all shared a lot of good memories while having an office next to yours at Westgate. C.J will be truly missed by all his friends and I trust by knowing this, your sorrow might be lightened. May God bless you and the family.

    Harold Blankenship

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  12. We were so surprised and disappointed to see that CJ had passed away. He will be truly missed. He was my insurance agent, as well as my cousin. My maiden name was Rich. CJ and I spent alot of times talking about our family history. We loved him dearly, and we miss him already.

    Lee Kimberly Rich Honeycutt

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  13. We were so surprised and disappointed to see that CJ had passed away. He will be truly missed. He was my insurance agent, as well as my cousin. My maiden name was Rich. CJ and I spent alot of times talking about our family history. We loved him dearly, and we miss him already.

    Lee Kimberly Rich Honeycutt

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  14. You and the family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God comfort and strengthen you at this time of sorrow.

    Jim & Claudette McNaughton
    MBC

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  15. Dear Mrs. Rich,
    Mr. Rich was our insurance agent since we were married in 1981. When we build our house and added home-owners to our policy, Mr. Rich visited with us. We felt like it was our grandfather giving us advice. He was always fair and very honest about the coverage we needed. We will TRUELY miss him.
    Sincerely,
    The Bullmans

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