November 17, 1925 ~ June 26, 2016

Born in: Macon, GA,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Eloise Cox Pressley, 90, of Asheville, died Sunday, June 26, 2016, at the CarePartners Solace Center. A native of Macon, GA, Eloise was a daughter of the late Leo M., Sr. and Vannie Whaley Cox. She moved to Asheville when she was five years old and attended Newton Elementary school and David Millard Junior High School, and graduated in 1943 from Lee Edwards High School. She married Floyd James Pressley, Jr., a high school sweetheart, in November 1944 while he was home on leave from the Navy. Her husband passed away in 2014. Her second oldest son, Army LTC Harvey Lee Pressley (Ret.), had passed way in 1993. Mrs. Pressley was a longtime member of Merrimon Ave. Baptist Church where she had taught a women's Sunday School class for over 25 years. She is survived by her daughter, Patricia and husband Dr. Ed Hamlin, of Asheville; sons, Gary J. Pressley, of Asheville, and Kenneth Pressley and wife Alison, of Hazel Green, AL; grandchildren, Illysa Hamlin and fiance Robert Hardison, of Asheville, Jordan Hamlin, of Decatur, GA, Leesa Raaum and husband Bradley, of Ft. Worth, TX, and Michael Pressley, of Manchester, TN, great-grandchildren, Jake Raaum, of Ft. Worth, and Trent Pressley, of Tullahoma, TN. The funeral service for Mrs. Pressley will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday July 1st at the Western Carolina State Veteran's Cemetery Chapel, with Pastor Michael McFarland officiating. Her family will receive friends immediately following the service at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Narthex. Memorials may be made to Merrimon Ave. Baptist Church, 283 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, NC 28801, or to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 51 Wilburn Place, Asheville, NC 28806. Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family.

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  1. Eloise was my sister in law for over 71 years. I will miss her so much. Her children and grandchildren are very dear to my heart. I love you all.

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  2. Eloise was a marvelous lady. I enjoyed our talks in the evening. It was a pleasure to have met such a fine woman. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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  3. I’m so sad for all the family, but I cannot help but think she is in heaven celebrating with her husband, her son, brother-in-laws, sister-in-law and many others that have passed before her. I always remembered (as a child). She always had a beautiful smile and beautiful hair. Her beauty was both inside and out. She was a very sweet Aunt. Our prayers will continue to go out to the family.

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  4. You will be missed, God’s gain,our loss.I pray the Lord comfort your family and gives them his peace in the next month and sweet memories flood them as they think about you and what a godly woman and friend you were.

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  5. My deepest condolences to the family in the loss of your dear loved one. May you find comfort in fond memories shared with family and friends but also in prayer to the God of tender mercies ( 2 Corinthians 1:3,4).

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  6. Our sincere condolences to Eloise’s entire family. I didn’t know her very well
    but I remember her from when her family and ours would visit years ago.
    Her sons, Gary and Harvey would play with my brother, Ken, and me and Eloise just seemed like a very nice lady. I had the pleasure of talking to her
    at Floyd’s memorial service a couple of years ago.

    May you rest in peace.

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  7. I will never forget Eloise or Floyd, and count myself privileged to have had the chance to be a part of their always fascinating relationship and life. I so admired their genuine authenticity, and the tenacity of engagement with the narrow but deep world we shared. I admired and so respected as well the loving care and patience that Pat and Ed never ceased to show them. My thoughts w you both and know Eloise and Floyd are no doubt lovingly squabbling over who knows what even now :). Best wishes to all ..

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