August 16, 1934 ~ June 5, 2022

Born in: Madison Co., NC
Resided in: Leicester, NC

Esta Lee Plemmons King, 87, of Leicester, went to her heavenly home Sunday, June 5, 2022.

A native of Madison Co., Esta Lee was a daughter of the late Toney and Edith Gowan Plemmons. She was also preceded in death by her granddaughter, Samantha Radford and sister, Jessie Goforth.

Ms. King retired from the NC DOT Division of Highways accounting department after over 40 years of service. She was an active member of Brookstone Church, Merrimon Avenue Campus.

Surviving are her daughters, Pam Frisbee and Janet Radford (Gene); grandchildren, Kelli Nix (Jason) and Stephanie Rymer (Cameron); great-grandchildren, Oliver and Avery Nix, and Luke, Jake and Cade Rymer; and several nieces and nephews including special niece, Audrey Turbyfill and special nephew, Dr. Harold Goforth.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home, with the Revs. Ricky Wolfe and Caleb Burchfield officiating.

The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. Thursday, prior to the service.

Graveside services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, June 10 at the Keenerville Christian Church Cemetery.

Flowers are appreciated and accepted. Memorials may be made to the building fund of Beulah Baptist Church.

Services

Visitation: June 9, 2022 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

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

(828)252-3535
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Funeral Service: June 9, 2022 2:00 pm

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

(828)252-3535
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Burial: June 10, 2022 12:00 pm

Keenerville Christian Church Cemetery
Tony Plemmons Road
Hot Springs, NC 28743


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  1. Janet and Pam, I was so sorry to hear about Esta Lee. You and your family will be in my prayers each day. Your Mom was always so sweet and always had the biggest smile every time I saw her. I was just thinking how excited Samantha was to see her, what a reunion that was! I love you guys and will be praying for Gods sweet Grace to cover you as only He can do. Sending hugs your way. Love, Kathy Parks

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  2. So sorry to hear about Esta Lee. My grandmother which was her neighbor Pauline Penland would always take us to visit her when I was a child. She was always so sweet and I loved our visits with her. My thoughts are with you.

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  3. I have such fond memories of Esta Lee! I remember spending so many nights at her house and going on beach trips. She was always laughing with us and taking a part in our activities. I think of all the bridal, lingerie and baby showers we had! Above all, she kept us pointed toward the Lord. I barely remember this because I was so young, but Esta Lee was my Sunday School teacher at Beulah. I’m so sorry to know she has passed because she will be missed, however we know she’s rejoicing in Heaven! I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

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  4. Janet and Pam, I’m so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. So thankful for the promise of Heaven. I’m praying for your family.

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  5. Janet- Each of you are in our thoughts and Prayer during this very difficult time. May God extend much needed strength and comfort until you are once again reunited in the Kingdom of Heaven. Love You my Friend!

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  6. Janet & Pam, your Mom was a sweet friend & a Lady for sure. She loved her family and Lord.
    We met with DOT work; she was in Asheville of course and I was in Marion office. We continued to communicate during our many retirement years. You protected your Mother well during the COVID virus.
    We laughed about getting back to the beauty shop appointments.
    You and families are in my prayers.

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  7. I have fond memories of conversations with Esta Lee at the Plemons reunion. She always had a bright smile and an old tale about the people and family that grew up in the area. She had stories about my dad, Jasper Reese and they were good friends. I know she will be missed.

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  8. I’ll miss you my sweet friend and all the sweet times we had together, God has a new angel, my prayers and thoughts are with family and friends at this sad 😔 time.

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  9. Janet,PAM,SORRY ABOUT MOM ESTA LEE A WONDERFUL CHRISTIAN LADY. GOD BLESS YOU ALL, JUANITA TEAGUE BLANKENSHIP

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  10. Janet and Pam, so sorry for your loss. Your mom was such a sweet lady, always happy every time I seen her at the beauty shop. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  11. Janet and Pam I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. We had a lot of wonderful years together at DOT. She will always have a special place in my heart. May Gods continued grace be with you all.

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  12. What a special lady!
    Just heard about this…. I am so sorry for your loss but we know Heaven is sweeter and I could only imagine Samatha with open arms to greet her😇
    You all are in my prayers, we love ❤️ you!

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  13. Dear Family, we are so very sorry for your great loss, but all of Heaven is rejoicing. She was a mountain of strength and abounding in love and faith for Heavenly Father. Grateful to know she is no longer suffering and with so many family and friends who have gone to wait for her. Know we are keeping your in our thoughts and prayers. Heaven just gets sweeter all the time……….. Love, BJ

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  14. We are so very sorry to hear of Esta Lee’s passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

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