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.
Burial: June 28, 2022 2:00 pm
Western Carolina State Veteran's Cemetery
962 Old US Hwy 70
Black Mountain, NC 28711