June 29, 1931 ~ May 22, 2020

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

Donald William Michael, Sr., 88, passed away on Friday, May 22, 2020.

An Asheville native, Donald was the son of the late Orvie McRay “Jack” and Dovie Martin Michael. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Michael.

Mr. Michael proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy, working as a barber on an aircraft carrier. When he returned home, he began working immediately at Grace Fuel Co. He worked there for 65 years up until the last few months, never having missed a day. Mr. Michael also spent 20 years with the Woodfin Volunteer Fire Dept. In his spare time, he loved to water ski and was quite talented at it.

Mr. Michael is survived by his daughters, Janet Wallin and Linda Michael; sons, Wayne Michael and wife Tammy and Donald William Michael, Jr.; and several wonderful grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The graveside service for Mr. Michael will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday at Turkey Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Those unable to join us at the service but wish to pay their respects may do so from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave.

Facial masks are suggested at the cemetery, required at the funeral home.

In appreciation of the excellent care Mr. Michael received at the John F. Keever Solace Center, his family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the WNC Bridge Foundation, P.O. Box 1315, Arden, NC 28704.

Services

For those who wish to pay their respects: May 25, 2020 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806

(828)252-3535
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Graveside Service: May 26, 2020 2:00 pm

Turkey Creek Baptist Church Cemetery
Bear Creek Road
Leicester, NC 28748

828-252-3535

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806

(828)252-3535
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

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  1. Don was our neighbor and was always so friendly to us. He will be greatly missed. Our condolences to the family during this sad time.

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  2. To the Michaels Family,
    We are saddened to hear about the passing of Don. Don was such a kind hearted and humble man. He will be missed by us all.

    Andrew and Michelle Shuford

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  3. Wayne and Family,
    I was sorry to hear about Don,A former school mate of mine as well as a close friend. I will surely miss Him Buddy Riesenberg

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  4. He will be missed. He always brought a smile each morning when he came to the Bank, especially those times he wore his special “hat”.

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  5. Dear Family, We were neighbors in Brigadoon. It was such a pleasure to stop and talk to Don and Zoie. Didn’t know him for long, but he was always such a nice caring person when we talked. So sorry for your loss.

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  6. We did not know Don Sr., But Don Jr is a dear friend and we send our most sincere condolences. Much love to you and the family on your great loss.

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  7. Wayne and Tammy, Your in our thoughts and prayers. So sorry for the loss of your father. May God comfort you at this time.

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  8. Donny & Wayne,
    I was saddened to learn of your father’s passing. He had an interesting and full life.
    I will keep you both in my thoughts and prayers.
    Tommy McMahon

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  9. Don was our lake buddy, second father and WONDERFUL friend. He always made sure we had plenty to eat. Loved our times together at the lake. Loved the way he would leave when he said I’m ready to go you had better be ready or he would leave you. Much love to all the family.

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  10. Ruthie & I are so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. We loved talking to him and Peggy when my parents lived in Brigadoon and watching him ride that bicycle around there. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

    Robbie & Ruthie Dempsey

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