June 1, 1955 ~ May 2, 2006

Born in: Buncombe County, NC,
Resided in: Fairview, NC

Emory Melvin Mitchell, Sr., 50, of 127 Ballard Creek Road, Fairview, died Tuesday, May 2, 2006. Born in Buncombe County, he was a son of Betty Crouch Mitchell and the late Lawrence W. “Mitch” Mitchell. He was also preceded in death by his grandparents, G.E. and Adelaide Crouch, Lawrence and Berch Mitchell; brothers, Lawrence “Gary” Mitchell and Michael Mitchell. Emory was a 1973 graduate of Reynolds High School and attended A-B Technical College. He was president of Crouch Mitch House Moving Co., a member of the NC and National House Moving Associations, the Biltmore Masonic Lodge and a deacon at Gashes Creek Baptist Church where he was a member. In addition to his mother, he is survived by two daughters, Tracy McCurry and husband Phillip, Morgan Mitchell; a son, E.M. Mitchell, Jr. and wife Jatana; Dennis Mitchell; several nieces and nephews and three grandchildren, Riley, Garrett and Grayson, all of Fairview. A memorial service will be 6:00 p.m. Saturday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Reverend Mike Anderson officiating. His family will receive friends at the funeral home immediately following the service. Memorials may be made to the Biltmore Masonic Lodge or to Ecclesia Baptist Church.

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  1. God is always there in our time of need.May He give you comfort through this hard time.Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. Dear Betty and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May God be with you and lean on Him. Blessings and peace, Betty Nelon Rhodes, formerly of Fairview

  3. Emory will be missed very much by myself and alot of his other friends! He was a very close personal friend of mine and he will always be in my heart. God bless all of you in these hard times. He was someone that I could talk to and he would never judge anything I would say and I loved him for it!
    With much love Sara

  4. Dear Betty and family,
    Time has really caught up with me, It just seems a short time ago he was eating in our Restuarant.
    May God be your comfort and may there be a peace in you in knowing his spirit lives on.
    Blessings and Love,
    Jean Harris

  5. My condolences are with your family. I met Emory several times through Kelly whom I went to grade school with. He was always kind and gracious to those he was around. Know that God is with you always. My love to you all,
    Stephanie Higdon Ramsdell
    Formerly from Fairview, N.C. and I miss my beloved N.C. home and friends tremedously.

  6. Aways had a smile and a laugh to greet you with..great friend.
    May god bless and comfort your family in this time of loss.


  7. I went to school with Emory,he was a wonderful person and a true friend.I am so sorry for you families terrible loss. God be with you all and help you through this terrible time. Emory was a person that was always smiling, and he could make you smile no matter how low or bad you felt,I will always remember him with a smile.God bless and loves you all. A friend that will always remember my friend. Kay Phillips Pressley.

  8. Words cannot express the sorrow we feel. We are sorry that we are not there for you but know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.

  9. I am so very sad. I loved Emory very much. I always knew him to be a kind, loving, generous man. I always had lots of fun and laughs when I was around him. I hope, now that he is in heaven, he realizes how much we loved and cared for him. I also love all of you very much. You have all been very important to me over the years. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. I went to AC Reynolds with Emory, He and I had a special friendship, I know he will be very much missed by his family and community, as he was a special person. May God Bless,keep and comfort each of you during this time.

  11. we went to school together ,Emory was loved by my family .he would sometime spend the night with my brother when we were growing up .we are so sorry for your lose ,as well as ours

  12. Dear Betty, Junior, Dennis and the whole Mitchell Clan,
    Sarah and I are just so saddened by Emory’s death. I still see him as a fun loving ‘kid’ driving the school bus when he was at Reynolds. Or just a few weeks ago riding the lawn mower…with a big grin. I still see him, with tears in his eyes standing at our fence, as we put my son, Tom, ashes in the lake. We all have been through a lot here on Ballard Creek Road. Just know that we truely care and hold all of you in our hearts and prayers!!!!!

  13. Emory, Tracy, Morgan:

    I have know all of you since you were born. Life has all kinds of twist and turns in it and all we can do is make the best of it.

    I know that your father loved you even though it was hard for him to show it sometime. But now maybe he is at peace.

    I hope all three of you the best and if you ever need anything you know where I am.

    Love Georgia

  14. Junior, Tracy, and Morgan:
    We all know that your dad is now with Mitch, my daddy, and Mike in heaven. All four are probably celebrating and laughing that same contagious laugh we all loved, and some of us have that same snicker, you know. Life was cut too short for all of them. Cherish all the good times as a family and know that he loved you ALL dearly!! Keep strong during this time of sadness and you will see him again someday with open arms. A daddy’s love is never forgotten!

  15. Dear Betty,
    What a sad day when I heard of Emory’s death. It seems just a short time ago Emory was driving my bus and I was at your house in the basement shooting pool. I’m so sorry for your loss but pray that you will look to God for strength and comfort. Steve and I will be praying for you and the family during this time. We will remember the good times and pray that God will bring all the good times back to your memory as well. Emory was such a fun loving guy and I always had a place for him in my heart. He will never be forgotten.
    God be with you.

  16. Betty, My sympathy and prayers go out for you. I have only just met you, but know that you have withstood a lot. May God bless you with the good memories and may He give you the comfort and peace only He can give.As a mother, I can only imagine your pain, but, you know, Jesus’ mother endured that pain when He sacrificed Himself for us.You must be a strong woman and I admire that. Peace to you and your beautiful grandchildren! Sandra Dotson (Jerry)

  17. Dearest Emory Jr, Tracy, Morgan and Kelly,

    I loved Emory from the first time I met him, Panama Jack hat, shorts, sandals and all! I remember the day he was baptized and so, so nervous and so, so sweet! I remember him helping Jerry cook. How they did love to do that! Hot dogs, hamburgers, steaks, frogmore stew! I remember Oooga, Oooga! at the beach Bible retreat! Hundred dollar bills for those in need, etc.etc. I knew ‘of’ Emory years before that through other people, but the times we spent with him were special and I know he had a very good heart. He loved you guys with all he had, and wants you, without a doubt, to go on and have happy, fruitful, fulfilling lives. I know you will all make him proud, as you have so much potential. Jerry and I are here for you, as all of Ecclesia is! Here’s to Emory, in a place of no tears and no demons!

    Love you all,

    Sandra D

  18. We were so sadden to learn of Emory’s death. He was a very special friend. If we can do anything at all for you or your family, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

    Alice Gilliam, Speedy and Janice Rogers

  19. To the family and friends. Emory and i went to school together and he was always there with a smile for you. There are so many fun memories i have of emory in school that when i think of him i always smile. May God be with you all at this time. If we shed tears they should be tears of joy for Emory is in a better place.

    Betty Penland Grooms


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