January 16, 1938 ~ April 26, 2019

Born in: Candler, NC
Resided in: Candler, NC

Theresa Gail Burnette Poore, age 81, has finished her course, has kept the faith, and passed on to heaven on Friday April 26, 2019, at Solace Center in Asheville, NC. Gail lost her wonderful husband, Bob Poore, of over 52 years just three weeks prior to her death.

Gail was born in Candler, NC, on January 16, 1938, to James Paul Burnette and Pauline Green Burnette, living most of her life in Buncombe and Haywood Counties. She attended Candler High School, staying in touch with many classmates throughout her lifetime. She was an active and sweet girl– enjoying basketball, smooth square dancing, playing piano, and cheerleading.

Gail worked in the family dry cleaning business in Canton and later enjoyed her work in the research lab at American Enka. She was a skilled seamstress of square dance and prom dresses. The “Cloth Shop”, established with her sister, was her only business venture, although she attained her NC real estate license. Prior to her decline in health, Gail touched many children’s lives through her caring instruction as a teaching assistant at Candler Elementary.

Gail considered her time researching family genealogy and WNC history to be her life’s work. She spent countless hours researching local libraries, cemeteries, and courthouses. She was valued as a reliable source of information for others trying to learn more about their families. She edited and contributed to J.L. Mashburn’s Hominy Valley history books. Gail was a member of the Candler Lions Club, Old Buncombe Genealogical Society and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Most of all, Gail loved family. She hosted and scheduled family holiday gatherings. Her Five-Flavor Pound Cake and $300 Chocolate Cake were famous. Gail kept up with the details of her family’s lives, offering constant support and love. Her cousins were among her most beloved and close friends. Gail’s deep love of her grandchildren was evidenced by the photos that filled her walls. Gifts from Grandma were carefully chosen to fit the occasion and the child. She loved phone calls and visits from grandchildren and put forth great effort to attend the events in their lives. She lived by the commandment to love others.

Left to cherish her memory are one sister, Joan Burnette Morgan and husband Gerald; sister-in-law, Billie Poore Netherton; four children and their spouses: Jan Caldwell and husband, Roger; Gordon Cogburn and wife, Debbie; Susan Reid and husband, Ricky; Allison Cathey and husband, Mark; and a devoted extended family.

Her beloved grandchildren are: Ben Caldwell; Thad Caldwell and wife, Heather; Logan Caldwell; Kyle Cogburn and wife, Jennifer; Ryan Cogburn; Jenny Roseboom; Ericka McPeters, and husband, Chris; Lyndsey Reid and husband, James; Tara Reid; Cory Reid; Cole Cathey and Ella Grace Cathey.

Her great grandchildren are Graydon Caldwell; CJ Hurst; Lilly Cogburn; Ana Cogburn; Wrylan Byrd; Tucker McPeters; Carter McPeters; Gunner McPeters; and Korbin McPeters; and soon to arrive Charlotte Grace Cogburn.

Gail was a faithful member of Snow Hill United Methodist Church. She was active in many ministries through the years– serving as children’s Sunday school teacher, president of the Susanna Wesley Group and the United Methodist Women.

Family and friends are invited to attend Gail’s Celebration of Life Service on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Snow Hill United Methodist Church, Candler, conducted by the Reverend Dianne Johnston. This will be followed by graveside services in the church cemetery and a reception for family and friends in the Fellowship Chapel. Pallbearers will be Gail’s grandsons.

The family would like to thank the staff at the 7th floor Pulmonary Unit at Mission Hospital, Brooks-Howell Home, and Hospice Solace Center for the caring and competent care provided during Gail’s final days.

“The purpose of life is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of the following: Snow Hill United Methodist Church, 84 Snow Hill Church Road, Candler, NC 28715 or Brooks-Howell Home, 266 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, NC 28801.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting the family.


Celebration of Life: May 4, 2019 11:00 am

Snow Hill United Methodist Church
84 Snow Hill Church Road
Candler, NC 28715


Burial: May 4, 2019 11:45 am

Snow Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery
84 Snow Hill Church Road
Candler, NC 28715


Visitation: May 4, 2019 12:00 pm

Snow Hill United Methodist Church
84 Snow Hill Church Road
Candler, NC 28715


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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


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  1. Allison, I have been keeping you and your family in my prayers and I shall continue. My condolences to you all. Wynelle

  2. My sincere love and prayers to all of your families. Keep your memories close to your hearts as you comfort each other during this time. Rest assured that your parents together in peace.

  3. Jan, and family, I am so, so sorry to hear about Gail. What a wonderful person she was. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sending love your way.

  4. Jan, I am so sorry to hear about Gail. She was such a wonderful lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you ALL. Sending love your way.

  5. Dearest Jan and family, I know this has been a hard hard journey for everyone. It is so hard to lose a parent and then both. While you will deeply mourn their absence, take comfort in the blessed Hope of a reunion one day. They are walking the streets of Glory today.
    I’m sorry that I will be out of town for the memorial service but thoughts and prayers will be there.

  6. Susan and family, I remember your sweet mother when she came to see the kids graduation at RES. Thinking of you during this time.
    Much love always!!

  7. Gail took me under her wing when I moved to Candler to teach at Enka in 1979! I was always treated as one of the family!
    I always knew she and Bob would enter Heaven’s gates close together. They were so close in life, they had to enter close together in Heaven.
    My love, sympathies and God’s blessings be with each family member.

  8. Jan,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your parents and am praying that you will find peace. Remember all the joy they gave you.

    Sarah Nuttall

  9. My thoughts and prayers are with the family, God’s peace will get you through this time of loss.

    Georgia Sales

  10. Susan, we were sad to learn of the death of your dad and then your mom. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    James and Dot Parham

  11. Allison, I am so sorry to hear about you mom’s passing. I am thinking of you and your family. Love, Cindy Reeves

  12. Allison, I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I am thinking of you and your family. Love, Cindy Reeves


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