December 24, 1925 ~ August 17, 2013

Born in: Henderson Co.,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Fred Miller Cairnes, 87, died Saturday, August 17, 2013. A native of Henderson County, he was born December 24, 1925, the youngest child of the late John H. and Texie Ledford Cairnes, and was predeceased by six siblings. A Navy veteran, he was the owner/operator of a commercial air conditioning and refrigeration company, and retired from Buncombe County Air Quality. Mr. Cairnes was a member of Beverly Hills Baptist Church, the American Legion, and United Commercial Travelers (an organization helping the developmentally disabled). Mr. and Mrs. Cairnes, also, served as foster parents for several children over the years. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Ruby Stewart Cairnes; his daughter, Sharon Cairnes Craig and her husband, Stuart; and his granddaughter, Isla Kate Craig. He will be remembered fondly by fifteen nieces and nephews: Phyllis Cairnes (Rolla Wade), Linda Cairnes (Kevin Phillips), Valerie McMahan (Martin), Pamela Cairnes, Angela Cairnes, Mack Scruggs (Carolyn), Ann Collins, Judy Coggins, Frankie Heath, Frank Nelson Cairnes, Jr. (Mary), James Sullins (Cheryl), Gloria Hollifield (Rev. Milton, Jr.), Van Sullins (Ann), Cindy Byrd (Sam), and Darlene Schleider (Theo); and sister-in-law Louise Willett. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday in the Tunnel Road chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Rev. Milton Hollifield, Jr. and the Rev. William A. Snyder officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain View Memorial Park in Black Mountain. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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  1. Sharon & Ruby,
    We’re so sorry to hear about Fred.
    Daune spent a lot of time with you
    when the girls were in school, and
    she loved you all.
    We extend our heartfelt sympathy,

    Marsha & Jim Furness

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  2. Sharon & Ruby,
    We’re so sorry to hear about Fred.
    Daune spent a lot of time with you
    when the girls were in school, and
    she loved you all.
    We extend our heartfelt sympathy,

    Marsha & Jim Furness

    Reply
  3. Sharon & Ruby,
    We’re so sorry to hear about Fred.
    Daune spent a lot of time with you
    when the girls were in school, and
    she loved you all.
    We extend our heartfelt sympathy,

    Marsha & Jim Furness

    Reply
  4. Ruby, Sharon, and family; please KNOW that you are in my prayers during this time of loss and grief. May God comfort and sustain you. In Christian love, Jean Morgan

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  5. Dear Phyllis,

    So sorry for your loss. I remember the times we spent at Ruby and Fred’s during our high school years. Best to you and your family.

    Terry Eller Parker

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  6. I have enjoyed knowing Fred over the years. He will be missed greatly. God Bless you and your family during this time. Sincerely

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