June 14, 1942 ~ June 12, 2022

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Claude “EARL” Vess, Sr. passed away surrounded by his family on Sunday, June 12, 2022. A man who loved his family fiercely is survived by his wife, Saundra Ballard Vess; a son, Earl Vess Jr.(Rebecca); two daughters, Sabrina West (Mike) & Renee Brown (Allan); and his brother, James T. Vess (Brenda). His 13 Grandchildren, 5 Great grandchildren, and his beloved dog Bruno will miss his jokes, laughter, and protective loving charm. Mr. Vess served his country in the US Air Force and then became a Machinist & Mechanic who owned Vess Garage prior to retiring. “Earl” will be greatly missed by all who knew his light he brought to a room!

The funeral service is now scheduled for Tuesday, June 28, at 12:30 p.m. at Swannanoa Valley Independent Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor David Dimsdale will officiate. Visitation will start at 11:30 a.m. for family and friends. A burial will follow the funeral service at WNC State Veterans Cemetery with Military Honors.

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, please donate at GoFundMe at https://gofund.me/3df725a7 to assist with expenses.


Funeral Service: June 28, 2022 12:30 pm

Swannanoa Valley Independent Missionary Baptist Church
220 Lytle Cove Road
Swannanoa, NC 28778

Visitation: June 28, 2022 11:30 am

Swannanoa Valley Independent Missionary Baptist Church
220 Lytle Cove Road
Swannanoa, NC 28778

Burial: June 28, 2022 2:00 pm

Western Carolina State Veteran's Cemetery
962 Old US Hwy 70
Black Mountain, NC 28711


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  1. Renee and family,
    We are praying for you during this time. Prayers for God’s peace that passes all understanding.
    Marsha and Randy Teague

  2. We are so sorry to hear of Earl’s passing. You will be in our thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.

  3. Saundra, I am so sorry to find out about Earl. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your wonderful family.
    With love, Brianna Landreth


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