Edward Bryant West

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On a beautiful spring morning our father Edward, the son of the late Garnet Roosevelt and Artie Baugus West of Wilkes County, NC, passed into his eternal rest. Known by many and a blessing to all he encountered, Ed West was a remarkable man in every respect.
After serving in the US Army during World War II, Ed returned along with many thousands of the Greatest Generation, to grow America after saving the world. Ed received his associate’s degree from Emmanuel College in Georgia, his bachelor’s degree from Lynchburg College in Virginia, and his master’s degree from Appalachian State. During these years, Ed and the love of his life, Ethel McCann West, moved the family to Elkin, NC and raised four sons. In Elkin, Ed spent many years teaching 7th and 8th grade English at Jonesville Elementary school and serving as scoutmaster of the local Boy Scout troop 625 in Jonesville. Students, parents, and educators alike have remarked on his positive influence as a great teacher. Generations of the family were loyal members of the Jonesville Pentecostal Holiness Church where they had many friends in the worship of Jesus.
Ed’s measured and loving approach to the youth in his care eventually led the family to the Swannanoa Valley in 1967 where he spent 30 years working in various positions at the Juvenile Evaluation Center. He finished his career as the assistant principal of the school, responsible for meeting, greeting and testing of every student. In 1975 the family moved from the Juvenile Center to Montreat Road in Black Mountain where he lived until 2016 after the passing of his wife and partner of 69 years, Ethel.
Ed was faithful and deliberate in his life, his work, and his relationships. He served as the District Governor of the Lions Club and as a member in the Swannanoa Valley Club for nearly 40 years. He also worked closely with the Black Mountain Club where Ethel was a member and officer. He was known regularly as the peanut man, selling salted peanuts at the Owen High School football games. Together, he and Ethel traveled the United States and to other countries for Lions International. Notably, Ed also served as the Treasurer and Board Member of the Marjorie McCune Center for many years where a cottage was named in his honor.
The life of Edward West was about faithful service and care for his fellow man. Ed loved Jesus, his family, his church, his Lions Clubs, and friends. Despite his final three years’ experience of dementia and Alzheimer’s, he always remembered his Christian faith and his devoted membership in the Crossroads Assembly Church in West Asheville.
He was preceded in the Heavenly transition by his wife Ethel McCann West, brothers Russel West, Folger West, and sister Ruth Creel.
He is survived by his sisters Bonnie Minter (late Charles) of Welcome NC, Louise Lane (Keith) of Clovis CA, and his brother Larry West (Wanda) of Elkin NC. Also by his four sons, Gary (Allison) of Cincinnati OH, Greg (Lori) of Tryon, Kevin (Missy), and David (Sharon) both of Asheville; 8 Beloved Grandchildren Leigh Ann Noble (Greg), Ben West (Jen), Amanda Gardner (Bill), Bryan West (April), Stuart West (Jaimi), Hallie Sheaffer (Mark), Erin West (Murphy), Emily West (Jack), and 9 great grandchildren.

The family appreciates your attendance at Visitation at Groce Funeral Services Tunnel Road at 6-8pm on Thursday, May 27, 2021.

A Memorial service in Edward’s honor will be held Friday, May 28, 2021 at 10:00 am at the Crossroads Assembly, 20 S.Bear Creek Rd, Asheville NC 28806 with the Rev. Michael Brown officiating.

Interment will be Friday, May 28, 2021 at 12:00 at the NC Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain.
The family will join friends back at Crossroads Assembly after the cemetery service.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Edwards’ favorite philanthropy the Marjorie McCune Center, 101 Lions Way, Black Mountain, NC 28711 or see links below:


Visitation: May 27, 2021 6:00 pm - May 23, 2024 8:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road
856 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805


Memorial Service: May 28, 2021 10:00 am

Crossroads Assembly
20 Bear Creek Road
Asheville, NC 28806

Burial: May 28, 2021 12:00 pm

Western Carolina State Veteran's Cemetery
962 Old US Hwy 70
Black Mountain, NC 28711


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  1. I considered Ed and Ethel close friends and I miss them. I was a member of the Black Mountain Lion’s Club where I had the pleasure of working with both of them. The Lion’s traveled to an International Convention in Montreal by bus in 1996. Ed and Ethel sat in the two seats behind me. We had so much fun on that trip. They encouraged me to join the Lions, which I did soon after that trip, and they guided me in my early days as a member. I looked up to them both as models of how to live life to the fullest. So sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. My condolences to the family.

  2. Uncle Ed was a shining example of what loving God and one’s neighbor was all about. His love for his family was paramount and respect and peace always permeated the times we got to be with him and the family. We loved visiting him, hearing his stories and laughing together. Thank you, God, for this dear man, his life and his legacy.

  3. Ed and Ethel were dear friends dating back to the late 50’s when my Daddy, Rev. G. I. McGhee became the pastor of the Janesville Pentecostal Holiness Church. He was a faithful member, church treasurer and Sunday School teacher. He was an inspiration and help to me as a beginning teacher. Enjoyed many good visits in their home. Love and prayers.

  4. Ed inspired and encouraged me in my career, in Lionism, in friendship. A truly great man that served and made a positive difference in this world. I am grateful to have been his friend.

  5. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

  6. I am sorry for your loss and Heavens gain. One of the most loving and genhuine men I know.

  7. Ken and Manshun Hon (Elkin, NC)

    To Greg and his children for the loss of his loving father Ed and a wonderful and loving grandfather. Our prayers are with you and your family at this time of great loss.

  8. Gary, Greg, Kevin and David May God bring comfort and peace to you all in this time of mourning for Uncle Ed. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Love you all.

  9. We miss Ed & Ethel West but we will see them some day and will never have to say good by.

  10. I’m sorry to learn of Ed’s passing. I enjoyed getting to know Ed through my time with the Lions Club. He was a wonderful man who found great enjoyment in helping others. My heart goes out to his family.

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