September 23, 1946 ~ April 11, 2022

Born in: Fletcher, NC
Resided in: Fairview, NC

Claire Ruth Buckner Penland, 75, passed away Monday, April 11, 2022 at The Oaks at Sweeten Creek Nursing Home.

Mrs. Penland was born in Fletcher, NC to the late Berlin and Nola Souther Buckner. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Penland; two brothers, Richard and Foy Buckner and her sister, Marie Buchanan.

Claire was a member of Biltmore Church. She retired from Buncombe County Schools as an Elementary Teacher’s assistant and Bus Driver. She loved crocheting, cooking, and watching Westerns.

She is survived by her son, Daryl Fox and his wife, Paula; a grandson, Greg Parham II, and his wife, Maryann; a great grandson, Conner; a brother, Frank Buckner; a sister, Georgia Fox and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, April 15, 2022 at 2:00 pm at Bethany United Methodist Church Cemetery.


Graveside Service: April 15, 2022 2:00 pm

Bethany United Methodist Church Cemetery
212 Bethany Church Road
Fairview, NC 28730

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. Claire was my teacher’s assistant for a few years when I taught Kindergarten at Fairview Elementary. I loved how she welcomed the children each morning with her beaming smile!

  2. Daryl, Paula, Georgia, Frank and all the family. So sorry for your loss.You are in our prayers and thoughts.


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