February 2, 1925 ~ May 19, 2011
Born in: Buncombe Co.,
Resided in: Belton, SC
Elmer Granville Koontz, 86, formerly of Beech Community, died Thursday, May 19, 2011, at Hosanna Health and Rehab Center, Piedmont, SC. A native of Buncombe County, he was a son of the late Ernest Granville Koontz and Fannie Williams Koontz. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Leigh Koontz; brothers, Ray and Ralph Koontz; and sisters, Edythe Biggers, Margaret Kirby and Edna Koontz. Mr. Koontz was a World War II Veteran of the U.S. Navy. He is survived by his wife, Geraldine Carter Koontz; daughters, Karen Traylor and husband Dennis of Clinton, TN, and Marty Koontz of Knoxville, TN; sons, David Koontz and wife Debra of Lattimore, NC, Dan Koontz and wife Sandy of Belton, SC and Eric Koontz of Boone, NC; grandchildren, Amy Futrell, Karl Traylor, Sara Withers, Jason Clontz, Angela McAllister, Adam and Peter Koontz, Berrac and Parrel Appolis and nine great grandchildren. His family will receive friends at 1:00pm Saturday, May 21st at Beech Presbyterian Church, Weaverville, NC with funeral service to immediately follow at 2:00pm. Interment at Green Hills Cemetery. Pallbearers will be the grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers are the members of his Mission Sunday School Class, West Asheville Baptist Church.
Karen,David,Dan,Eric and Marty:
Jessie and I send our heartfelt sympathies to all of you in the loss of your Dad. Having lost my Dad, I know how all of you feel at this time; however, we can rest in the knowledge that Elmer is in a better place.
I Have many fond memories of Elmer. He is the one who carried me in his arms all the way to the old Mission Hospital when I cut the back of my heel off on a piece of broken glass. He and Gerry were there to feed Jessie and me when we were very young and still newly weds. We always enjoyed the visits to the ‘country.’ Believe me, Maney Branch was a long way from Skyland! So, now, all we have are memories and the good memories are fun to talk about…bad memories have no place in our mind. When you all get together, you will relive a host of good times.
May God bless all of you,
Tommy nad Jessie
Dear Mrs. Koontz, Marty & the rest if the family!
I’m so sorry to read or Mr Koontz’s passing! You’re all in my prayers!
Dear Gerry, Marty, Eric, Karen & Dennis, David & Debra, and Dan & Sandy, I just want you to know that Walt and I used to love going to your house! Your family were so welcoming and entertaining; Elmer kept us in stitches while Gerry prepared wonderful meals and engaged us in smart conversation! Your papa would have Walt laughing so hard (maybe it was shared military humor) that his eyes would be watering! Elmer was a most enjoyable and memorable man, who worked hard and helped bring up a family of great character and good humor. It was a pleasure to have spent time with him. We wish all of you comfort and a sense of peace.
Gerry and Family, We do go back a long way having started to Vance School together in 1932. In life we are never ready to lose our loved ones. Our Faith in the Sovereignty of God and the manifested concern of caring friends provide the only comfort. We will hold you in our thoughts and prayes. Joe & Zunita
Sorry to hear of your great loss. My condolences to all the family. –High school classmate with Karen Class of 1964.
Dear Gerry & Family
We were saddened to learn of Elmer’s
passing. Our friendship goes back many years which we treasure fondly.
Please accept our sincere sympathy,
and our thoughts and prayers are with you.
David & Jean Moore
Dear Doctor Dan and famly,
Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you. May the good memories grow and the sad diminish with time.
Love in Christ,
Dear Dan,Sandy, Adam, and Peter, So sorry to learn of the loss of your father and grandfather. May your memories provide comfort at this time. You are in my prayers, Susie Turbeville
Sento molta tristesa per la pèrdua d’algú molt preuat i que sempre m’havia tractat amb tot l’afecte del món. Descansi en pau. El recordarem.
I a tota la família, us porto dins del cor.
Marty, and Family…..Praying for you at this time of Loss. What a Precious Family you all are. May The Lord comfort you all.
Marty, I have wondered for years what ever happened to you? I miss you, and the fun times in High School, at Weaverville. Please contact me, if you can. ~ Dottie Burge
Greetings Koontz Klan,
I was so sad to hear about Elmer’s passing. I think probably some of my most cherished childhood memories are days spent in Sunbeam Shadows. I loved catching lightning bugs in your yard, popping balloons at Christmas, listening to stories by the fire and going to the bookmobile! Marty having a cousin so close to my age was a special treat-and David, Karen, Dan and Eric, you were more like brothers and sisters than cousins. At the heart of it all were Elmer and Gerry. They were always kind and gracious to me, as a child and as neighbors when we lived in Reems Creek. They fed us, consoled us, welcomed us, and just spent time talking and making us think. Elmer and Gerry gave me insight into our heritage, proving adversity often brings out the best, not the worst in people. I wish I could have been at your celebration just to see you all and celebrate the life of your dad. You all are in our thoughts and prayers!
With sympathy and joy,
Cheryl and Chuck Durrant
To the Koontz Family..I guess most of you won’t remember me, but I worked with Elmer many years ago at Thomas and Howard.He was a good man, and he will be sorely missed by many people..Please accept my deepest condolences…God Bless you all.
Dear Koontz Family,
I Met ‘Poopapa’ as he told me to call him at my Aunt Debra and Uncle David’s house. He had a table full of food and offered it all to me calling me a ‘pretty young lady’ to Uncle David. He also came to my house for Christmas dinner with our family. I will, ALWAYS, remember him as a polite, caring, and understanding gentleman. I’m here for you all!
Dear Gerry, My deepest sympathy on the lost of your dear husband Elmer. I visited with you in your home several times years ago, as I was searching for information on the Williams Family.
Sorry we lost contact along the way. Love and prayers to you and your family,
I WAS SO SORRY TO HEAR OF ELMERS DEATH.MAY THE MEMORIES COMFORT YOU DURING THESE’S TIMES.YOU ARE IN OUR PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS.
ELLA MAE KOONTZ
THERE ARE NO WORDS AT A TIME LIKE THIS,BUT WE WILL MISS ELMER AT THE ‘KOONTZ REUNION’ Praying for each and every one.May GOD BLESS
KOONTZ REUNION COMM.
Dear Debra and David, & the rest of the Koontz Family.
I met Poo last Christmas Eve when we had our get together. It was my first time to see poo to talk to him. He had us laughing he was a fun time to be around. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Gerry, Just by chance I found this
notice about Elmer. Lovingly and sincerely you and your family are in my prayers.
I am a former neighbor from the Beech community. You wrote an article about me in 1965 when I was in Chapel Hill after being burned. For all your cards and kindness.. I will never forget you as a friend in those years. We could have a lot to catch up on after so much, and so many, have enriched our lives through God’s Grace and blessings.. My dear Lewis also has his home in Glory now. Love ‘Lois’ from Maney Branch
Papa, I miss you.