December 24, 1946 ~ February 13, 2022

Born in: Fort Campbell, KY
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Edward Jackson Gore, Jr., 75, was welcomed into Heaven on Sunday, February 13, 2022, at Mission Hospital with his family by his side.

Ed was born December 24, 1946, at Fort Campbell, KY to the late Edward J. and Martha Self Gore. He served in Vietnam with the Army’s 173rd Airborne Division and was retired from Bell South after 32 years as a Service Technician. While employed with Bell South he was the Legislative Representative for the Asheville Chapter of CWA.

Originally from Atlanta, GA, he transferred with Bell South to the Asheville area in the late 1970’s. In his younger years he was a hot air balloonist and participated in many ballooning events from Helen, GA to Statesville, NC and all the way to Albuquerque, NM. More recently he remained grounded as a car enthusiast, taking his 1951 Chevy Tin Woody station wagon (Woodrow) or his 1948 Pontiac SilverStreak (Chief) to car shows throughout the country.

Ed was an active member of Beverly Hills Baptist Church, where he was a former deacon and had served on various committees.

He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Fran Gore; son, Britt Crane; daughters, Melinda Brogden (Boyce), Marianne Gore, and Emily Lynch (Mike); twin granddaughters, Cameron and Blakely Crane and grandsons Stephen Johnson and Matty Lynch. He was preceded in death by his brother, John Gore.

The family will receive friends at Beverly Hills Baptist Church beginning at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 19, 2022. The funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. with the Revs. Tim Lolley and Dr. Billy King officiating. Military honors will be provided by the NC National Guard Memorial Team. Interment will be at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery at 12:00 noon Monday, February 21, 2022.

Memorials may be made to the Veterans Restoration Quarters, in care of ABCCM, 20 20th Street, Asheville, NC 28806.


Funeral Service: February 19, 2022 2:00 pm

Beverly Hills Baptist Church
777 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805


Visitation: February 19, 2022 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Beverly Hills Baptist Church
777 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805


Burial: February 21, 2022 12:00 pm

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


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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


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  1. We’ve lost an outstanding average man! Served his country, his church and most importantly his Lord! He will be severely missed by many left here to cherish his memory! Rest In Peace old friend!

  2. 40 years my friend.
    I’ll hold your crown line while you inflate your balloon. Have a wonderful flight. Gentle breezes and solt landings.

  3. ED was Smokey Mountain Santa”s “Head Elf.” He will be Dearly missed as Ed and Santa worked together on many projects as Christians and Fellow Veteran’s over the years. He touched the Lives of all who knew him and loved seeing ,” the Magic”, in the eyes of those He so enjoyed helping of all ages. Santa and Ed lso enjoyed the many “different kinds of sleighs”, they drove and would often be seen showing off the
    “Sleigh s they drove”, at various local car shows.
    We Loved Ed and will Always carry a very Special place in our hearts as we remember the Great times together that we shared over the years.
    Love, Santa & Mrs. Claus
    Dennis & Deborah Reed
    Smokey Mountain Santa

  4. Rest In Peace my old friend. We had a great childhood together and High school. Our time together was special and our memories will never fade. We had some wild and crazy times as we grew up. Heaven got a little better with you coming up. Till we meet again

  5. Dearest Fran-
    Life seems to keep many secrets as to her choice of timing. But also many gifts to come of love untold. Know you are loved and being held tightly by family & friends. My heart holds you in comfort until you are able to stand on your own again. Much love, Liz

  6. Condolences to Ed’s family. When I started with BellSouth in 1998 he was one of the guys who made you feel welcome. He showed us all the ropes and how to become a “phone man”. He will be missed.

  7. Ed was a wonderful, kind and generous man. He gave me tools and wood to help me make wooden toys for children because he knew I would put them to good use.
    I loved hearing Ed’s stories about the cars he gave out to kids in restaurants and other places. Ed brought a lot of joy to a whole lot of people. I will miss you Ed.


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