Dossie B. Byrd

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Dossie Beaver Byrd, 97, of Candler, passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2005. For more than 70 years she was a driving force in the Acton Community of Enka-Candler. A native of Buncombe County, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Mary Elizabeth Beaver. She was a graduate of Asheville-Biltmore College (UNC-A) and married Alvin Byrd, a foreman at American Enka, who died in 1961. Dossie was very active for 40 years with the local Girl Scouts, Quota Club, March of Dimes, ABCCM, and United Methodist Women and wrote newspaper articles for the Enka-Candler Enterprise. She was also a salesperson for Junior Miss and for Tru-Fitt Fashions. She enjoyed working in her yard and writing poetry. Surviving are her daughter, Barbara Byrd Cole; grandchildren Jennifer B. Messick and Stephen H. Cole of Asheville; great-grandchildren, Alvin Shultz, Sonya Martin, Andre Shultz, Lindsey Briggs, Chris Sigmon, and Betsy Buckingham, and six great-great-grandchildren Sydney, Kristen, Scout, Carson, Trey and Max. Her family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Friday at Acton United Methodist Church. The funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday at Acton United Methodist Church with the Rev. Paul Hacklander officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the L. Dale and Mary R. Thrash Memorial Education Fund c/o Acton United Methodist Church, 171 Sand Hill School Road, Asheville, NC 28806. The family wishes to acknowledge the special care given to Dossie by Carolyn Davis and Deana Banks.

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  1. Barbara (and Family), I am saddened to see of Dossie’s passing–she was an Institution in Candler! How well I remember her, both when Barbara and I were in high school–active in our great community and again, when I often spoke to her on the phone when I was a Counselor at Enka High and was working with her great grands!
    Dossie was a long, long time old friend.
    You all are in my prayers and thoughts. Jane Anne

  2. To Barbara, Jennifer and Family:

    We are saddened to hear of Dossie’s passing, yet we celebrate for her too. We know she and Inez are at peace now. We, (the Inez Swann family) and you, have weathered the storm together. Inez and Dossie were roommates for a while and we enjoyed that time with you. Dossie was so fortunate to have such a loving family.

    God bless you always,
    From The Inez Swann Family

  3. Barbara and family,
    You all are in our thoughts and prayers. We know it is hard to give up a loved one, but Dossie has reached her heavenly reward. She was a very dear friend when I was at Acton.

  4. We were very sorry to hear of Miss Dossie’s passing. It is never easy to say goodbye to someone you love, especially to someone you have loved for so long. Never forget the good times you shared and all ways hold dear to the wisdom she shared through out her life time.

  5. To the family – we are so sorry for your loss. ‘My Mom’ was involved in many things over the years and touch so many lives – she will surely be missed!

    Love to all,
    Polly & David Kiser
    Ann & Ron Fagan

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