December 3, 1931 ~ June 13, 2019

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

Gaynelle Hawkins Baldwin, 87, passed away on Thursday, June 13, 2019, after several years of declining health.
Born at the Hawkins’ homeplace in Alexander, NC, on December 3, 1931, Gaynelle lived her adult life in Candler. She had a giving nature and was always willing to help others. She was a second mother to all of the neighborhood children.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clinton and Julia Hawkins; eight siblings; and a daughter, Tammy Baldwin Camp.
She is survived by her daughter, Tena Clark (Everette); son, Tony Baldwin; son-in-law, Ken Camp; and siblings, Alma Lee Mehaffey, Howard Hawkins, and Billy Hawkins. She was a loving “Granny” to Nick Lands, Kenny Camp, Casey Camp, and Kyle Clark, and the great-grandmother of Kenna Camp and Raegan Camp.
The family wishes to thank all those who provided loving care to Gaynelle.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday at the Groce Funeral Home chapel on Patton Ave. Chaplain Cindy Coleman will officiate. Interment will be private.
Her family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home beginning at 10:00 a.m.


Funeral Service: June 17, 2019 11:00 am

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


Visitation: June 17, 2019 10:00 am

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


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  1. To Gaynelle’s family,

    Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Know that Gaynelle is in a much better place now with all her loved ones & friends, who have gone on before. We know what it is like to lose your mama as Ila has been gone 3 years this July 31st & it seems like it was just yesterday. Cherish your memories. We remember Gaynelle & Mary would come and visit with Elmer & ILa & reminisce about the past. Gaynelle always said she really enjoyed talking with Elmer as he was one of her favorite cousins. They would laugh & have a grand time visiting with each other. You all are in our thoughts & prayers. Again our condolences to you.

  2. A lady. That is how I will always remember Gaynelle. A lady through and through. I loved watching her watch all of her grandchildren. Her eyes sparkled with pride.
    Tena, Everette, and Kyle…we love you. And we are so glad you have the blessed hope of seeing her again…Tom, Sis and family

  3. Tena and Family: You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you in this time of loss. May he give you strength to lean upon him and assure you that you are not alone in your time of grief. Cherish the sweet memories until you meet again in Heaven.

  4. Tena and family, My prayers for all of you during this difficult time. It is so hard losing our Mama’s. She was a roll model I always will cherish. Being that neighborhood Mom to all of us.
    Her and my Mother kept the roads hot. They were very close as being life long neighbors.
    I know she is in a better place than we are.

  5. We would like to express our deepest sympathy. May all your good memories out weigh your sadness during this difficult time.
    Isaiah 25:8

  6. To the whole family I am so sorry for the loss of a great lady. I will always remember her smile at the family gatherings.

  7. To the family of Gaynelle, I worked with Gaynelle at Havon Rest Home for many years. She will always be a constant reminder of kindness, goodness and love. She was a cut above. She did her work well and with a lot of grace and dignity. Rest in peace good lady until we meet again.

  8. Tena, I am so sorry. I just read your mom’s obituary. I will not be able to attend her service but please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Gaynelle was a beautiful lady and so are you. Please let me know if I can do anything at all for you or your family.

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