March 19, 1909 ~ October 5, 2008

Born in: Grainger Co., TN,
Resided in: Candler, NC

EDITH AIKEN McCALL REAGAN Edith McCall Reagan, age 99, of Candler, died Sunday, October 5, 2008, at her home. A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 8, at Hominy Baptist Church, with family visitation from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue. The last surviving sibling of five daughters of the late William E. and Maude Livingston McCall, she was born in Grainger County, TN, on March 19, 1909, but spent most of her life in Buncombe County. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Millard Lee (Buck) Reagan. Survivors include her nine children, Alvin (Lois) Reagan of Lexington, Anne Clifton of Greer, SC, and Winter Springs, FL, Katha (Daniel) Morgan of Lilburn, GA, George (Annette) Reagan of Greer, SC, Louise (Charles) Palmer of Candler, Wayne (Glenda) Reagan of Spartanburg, SC, Yvonne Banks (Smitty) of Deerfield Beach, FL, Nancy (Larry) Halford of Oak Island, NC, and Dianne (Bill) Davis of Polk County, NC; and 27 grandchildren, 56 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters-in-law, nieces and a nephew. She was a long time member of Hominy Baptist Church in Candler. She attended Venable School, graduated from from then Biltmore Junior College (now a part of UNC-Asheville) and taught school for a brief time in Tennessee. In her life span of nearly 100 years she saw travel change from horse-drawn buggies to space craft, experienced preparing meals on a wood-filled cook stove and in a microwave, and gradually yielded from the hundreds of cloth diapers she had washed to disposable ones for her grandchildren. Edith was a strong disciplinarian – for herself and her family. Her schedule included an early rising time, immediately dressing for the day, eating three meals every day, being at church each Sunday. She taught the Ladies Bible Class for many years and was an extensive Bible reader. She purchased a 36-acre farm in 1945 while her husband was serving with the US Army in Europe and moved from the Inanda Community to Candler with her five children and her mother. After his discharge, they built a small dairy and she helped with the milking as well as growing a garden and canning fruits and vegetables. After the young children were in school, Edith worked with the Candler School cafeteria and later as a nurse's aide at Mission Hospital. She retired from Mission Hospital in 1969. She was her husband's caregiver following his stroke until his death in 1996. The family extends special appreciation to her caregiver, Claudia Sanderlin Paxton. Memorials may be made to CarePartners Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813, or to Hominy Baptist Church, 135 Candler School Road, Candler, NC 28715.

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  1. Please share my love and deepest sympathy with the Reagan family.I am thinking of you and celebrating the life of Grandma Reagan. She was such a wise and dear person and always made me feel like a vital part of the family. My daughter Hope McCall is named for her.
    Love, Joy Morgan

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  2. I was sorry to read of your mother’s passing. She was always a very gracious and inspiring woman and I’m sure you will miss her greatly. My sympathy goes out to each of you.

    Johnnie

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  3. Dianne, Bill and The Reagan Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are thinking of you and extending our heartfelt sympathy.

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  4. Please know that my thoughts & prayers are being lifted up in behalf of all of you due to your tremendous loss of a very precious loved one. What a remarkable woman! I know that you are very proud of all of her accomplishments. How most wonderful to know that she is now staring in the glorious & precious Face of our Saviour! I hope that you find great comfort in knowing that she is now walking on the streets of gold in Heaven with her husband, other loved ones & JESUS!!! May HE comfort you and strengthen each & every one of you daily. May HE provide HIS peace for you too.

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  5. To family, Sorry to hear about your mother and yet at times death is a blessing. Your mother lived a great life and now is with the Lord. I remember those days growing up with you all and staying at your home and enjoying food that your mom prepared. I remember your Dad and the fun he could be. God bless each of you and know that our prayers are with each of you. In Christ, Rev. Larry & Pat Murray

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  6. To the Extended Reagan Family,
    From our extended family (Mother Sue Ellen, brothers and sister, Rick, Randy and Sandy Pressley) to yours, our thoughts, and prayers are with all of you. We pray that each and every one of you will feel God’s comfort during this time. Edith was special too many and we will forever carry memories of her in our hearts. God Bless you all,

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  7. ALVIN,ANN,CATHY. AND ALL THE YOUNGER KIDS MY PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU TODAY..I REMEMBER YOUR MOTHER COMING TO CANDLER SCHOOL ON MANY OCCASIONS WHEN WE WERE ALL IN SCHOOL..MAY GOD BE WITH YOU AND THE ENTIRE FAMILY…JIM.

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  8. I was unable to be with you due to another funeral at this time but my prayers are with you and your families. Ms. Reagan lived a long and loving life and left for all of you many memories to cherish. God bless you all

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  9. Kyle and I were so sorry to hear of Mrs.Reagan’s passing. She was a wonderful person.I enjoyed visiting her when Von was home.She was a treat to talk to.Our deepest sympathy to all. Kyle and Margaret Sutton(Von’s cousin-in-law)

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  10. Dianne, Bill and Family-I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs.Reagan.I have many fond memories of her from our high school days when I came to visit at your home. I know she has blessed many lives, and will be greatly missed, but she is in a much better place. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  11. Nancy and family, We are so sorry for your loss. We love you and will have you in our thought’s and prayers. Joe Sherri Justin Marissa Halford

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  12. Even though it has been many, many years since I have seen any of you, I have never forgotten. I will remember as long as I live my time spent with your family as Yvonne’s guests, and how Mama Reagan and Buck welcomed any and all.

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  13. Dearest Reagan family, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Such sweet memories I have of being at your home growing up. Rejoice in the fact that Mom is walking those streets of gold!

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  14. Dearest Alvin. Ann, Katha, George, Louise,Wayne, Nancy.Yvonne, Diane and all the Reagan Family,
    Our hearts ache with the lose of Edith. What a joy and comfort she was to each one of us.

    All Love,
    Edith Lee Reagan Hatfield
    Lou Etta Reagan O’Brien
    Bud O’Brien

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  15. Dear Dianne and Bill, and all the family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I know that you have precious memories that will be of comfort to you in days ahead. I pray that God will give you comfort as only He can.

    Nan J. Allen
    (Reba Simpson’s sister)

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  16. So sorry about your great loss. I remember the many times I spent in your home in our ‘younger’ days. May God bless and comfort you at this time as only he can.Willene & Howard Wise

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  17. To all the family, especially…Louise…What a great memorial to a great LADY. You have been blessed with a GREAT MOM & DAD.
    Louise, you are the image of your Mom in more ways than one. What a special daughter you have been. I know you well. Please call me…..Joy Bradley…828..273-3299. Love and smypathy to all your family.

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  18. You can all be comforted in that you gave your Mom great love and care and the wonderful memories you hold in your hearts. You are a commendable family in working together and sharing the responsibilities.
    Yvonne, I was sorry I didn’t get to see you – take care yourself and I hope you are feeling better. Glenda, it was good to see you, just not under these circumstances. Louise, I’m here for you – you are a very special co-worker to me.

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