May 20, 1917 ~ January 3, 2021

Born in: Bladen Co., NC
Resided in: Candler, NC

Eunice Caroline Green Harbin, 103, died peacefully on January 3, 2021, after a brief stay at John F. Keever Jr Solace Center in Asheville.

Caroline was born May 20, 1917 in Bladen County, NC, but lived most of her life in Asheville & Candler, NC. Preceded in death by her husband, mother, sister, and brother, she is survived by three adoring children, Randy Harbin (Colleen), Larry Harbin (Nugby) and Kathy Harbin Bryson (Denny), five grandchildren, Randy Harbin Jr., Suzanne Harbin Dilallo, Christopher Harbin, Jennifer Bryson Price, and Heather Bryson Flack, and nine great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Caroline was employed as secretary to the editor of the Presbyterian Journal for many years and was a charter member of Malvern Hills Presbyterian Church. She led an amazing life and was able to enjoy it from her own home, in good health and in good humor, for all but the last two weeks. She was loved and admired by all who knew her and got the greatest joy from helping and showing kindness to others. She was a faithful servant to the Lord, a shining example of his love. She knew what was important in life and was not sidetracked by current trends, of which there were many during her lifetime.

She was the best mother, daughter, sister, wife, and friend that we could have wished for, and she will live in our hearts forever.

In deference to the COVID-19 pandemic, a memorial service will be announced later this year.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the local non-profit children and families agency, Eliada, 2 Compton Drive, Asheville, NC 28806, Main Phone: (828) 254-5356


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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


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  1. Prayers to all the Harbin family as she was a beautiful lady . You were all blessed . Prayers to all at this time . Sincerely a friend of Colleen .

  2. It has to be such a comfort knowing you were able to keep your mama at home all this time. You all are truly blessed. Sending love and condolences to you all.
    With love, Beti

  3. What a special lady she was! We treasure our memories of her, going back to the early 1940s. She was a blessing to all of us.

  4. We have such sweet memories of this lovely lady and her beautiful smile, and are blessed to have known her for so long. She was a best friend and neighbor to my Grandmother Brooks, and to my mom. Our love to all her family.

    • Jean, I was looking for a friend’s obituary when I happened upon Mrs.Harbins obituary. I am Bessie and Like Hills daughter. You may remember me as the neighborhood brat. However I remember you as my special person. I was 6 years old and you were going off to college. I hope you are doing well.

  5. Hugs my friend, although it’s tough to lose them physically they are forever in our hearts. She was a wonderful woman & I’m blessed to have known her. Love you and praying for your family. Sandra

  6. My deepest condolences to the Harbin family. She was a pleasure to be around, she will be in our hearts forever! It was a privilege to spend time and learn from her.
    Much love,

  7. Mrs Harbin is one of the finest people I’ve ever known. She was our special neighbor, friendly, welcoming, adorably funny hard-working and meticulous and generous. Mrs. Harbin would welcome us into her home with a plate of (always perfect)Tollhouse cookies and a glass of milk. My young son would go to her house just to let her know what he had been up to that day! I never, not once, saw Mrs. Harbin without a big friendly smile and cheerful demeanor. She never judged us in any way but accepted our family with open arms. I’m sure that is how she treated everyone. A truly wonderful, Christian woman.whom I admire so much. Mrs. Harbin’s entire family are wonderful people which I believe is at least in part a testament to the quality lady Caroline Harbin was! We loved her very much and cherish our memories always. When I think of Mrs. Harbin I ses her bright smile and I smile too. We are here for the family if ever they need us!!!

  8. Mrs. Harbin was the strongest, most fiercely independent woman I’ve yet to meet in this life. The first six years of my life were spent as her next door neighbor and she was a wonderfully kind friend to me. I recall her mowing and diligently edging her lawn, getting on the roof for maintenance (unsupervised) and just remaining incredibly active for her age. I would run over to her house regularly just to chat and share stories. After those first six years, we continued to visit regularly and were always met with warm hugs and of course, delicious, perfect Tollhouse cookies. Mrs. Harbin was a wonderfully sweet woman and an incredible influence on my life. It makes me happy to know now that she is resting with her Savior and that she has had such an amazing influence on so many in her long life.

    My love to all of Caroline’s family. Please reach out if we can be of any help to you through this time.

  9. I remember the Harbin family. We lived next door on Middlemont for the first 6 years of my life. She was a good neighbor, a very sweet lady. The Harbins and the Brooks were my special people. My sympathies to this family.


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