April 24, 1944 ~ November 1, 2016

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

David Earl Rathbone, 72, of Candler, went peacefully to be with the Lord Tuesday, November 1, 2016. A native of Buncombe Co., he was a son of the late Rev. Alton and Lucille Rathbone. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Gerald and Jack Rathbone. Mr. Rathbone was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and worked as a deputy with the Buncombe County Sheriff's Department. Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Joyce Ann Rice Rathbone; sons, Ben (Wendy), Michael (Michele), and Alan Rathbone; 13 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren and one on the way; sisters, Geraldine (James) Gosnell and Linda (Ralph) Cabe, both of Candler, and Judy (Johnnie) Roberts of Leicester; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Mr. Rathbone will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, with the Revs. Bobby Winebarger and Jeff Massey officiating. Interment will follow at Rathbone Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, 43 Mt. Pisgah Church Rd., Candler, NC 28715. Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family.

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  1. Joyce and family. We were sorry to hear about David. Just want you all to know we love you and you are in our prayers.

    Ronald/Betty Hensley

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  2. So very sorry, David fought a good long fight and was a good friend to so many of us. My prayers and love go out to Joyce and the family.

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  3. Our family wishes you to give our condolences and we want to let you know we’re praying for the family through this tough time and we love you and we’ll see you soon.

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  4. My thoughts and prayers are with you
    all. May God bless you all with the
    peace and the comfort that you need
    during this time. I love you all!

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  5. Miles, time and life itself doesn’t separate the hearts. Sending good vibes, strength and prayers from Oregon. Linda

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  6. Such a sweet man who brought the Oregon James Taylor Rathbone family home. Sending lots be to all the family.

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  7. Joyce & family , Sad to hear of David’s passing. We have great memories of him. Please know we are praying for the family during this time.

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  8. Our hearts are so sad. Please accept our deepest condolences, and know that we are thinking of you. Sending peaceful, comforting thoughts – and much love to you.

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  9. Joyce and Family, Was sorry to learn of David’s passing. It was a great pleasure to work with David at the Sheriff’s Department. May God bless and comfort you during this time of sadness. Love and Prayers to you and your family.

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  10. I am so sorry to hear of David’s passing. I used to see him and Joyce and all the boys at Jack’s house when Jack worked for Leicester School. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

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  11. Joyce and family,we were sorry to read about David’s passing. We had not seen him in a long time. We have a lot of memories of him and the rest of the family. He will be missed. Love, Dorothy Yearout and Gail Yearout Davis

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  12. Joyce, Ben, Michael and Alan we are so sorry to hear about David’s passing. Tony and myself have lots of wonderful memories with him and the rest of the family. We are sending love, prayers and hugs. We became really good friends with the entire family. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

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  13. So sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers to you all. I can only imagine what a reunion it was for David, Gerald and Jack to be together again.

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