August 9, 1952 ~ June 14, 2021

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

Gary Steven “Steve” McElreath, 68, of Asheville, passed away Monday, June 14, 2021, at the Charles George VA Medical Center.

A native of Buncombe Co., Steve was a son of the late Wilburn Ellis McElreath and Edna Mae Arrington McElreath. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Pat Southerland.

Steve was an aviation specialist in the U.S. Navy, and later served in the Army Reserves. He later retired as an A/C specialist.

Surviving is his daughter, Amanda McElreath and son-in-law Cheston; son, Derrick McElreath and daughter-in-law Jessica; a plethora of grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Jimmy and Johnny McElreath.

Graveside services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16th at the Western Carolina Veteran’s Cemetery in Black Mountain.

The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the VA Hospice, 1100 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, NC 28805.


Visitation: June 15, 2021 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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


Graveside Service: June 16, 2021 12:00 pm

Western Carolina State Veteran's Cemetery
962 Old US Hwy 70
Black Mountain, NC 28711


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  1. Rest in peace brother. You will be missed but never forgotten my old friend. My fondest memories are of you and your family and our childhood days spent together.

  2. So sorry to learn Steve has passed! I remember him at Woodland Terrace and True Vine Churches. Steve was a good man. Thoughts and Prayers for all the family.
    Joan Smith


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