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.