February 10, 1937 ~ March 3, 2022

Born in: Hickory, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

A great man has left our world… George Elbert Ivey died March 3 at the age of 85, surrounded by those he loved and those that loved him. Throughout his full life and especially during his days with Alzheimer’s, he was cared for and supported by his loving wife, Betsy.

George was born February 10th, 1937 in Hickory, NC. He spent his formative years in Hickory and Sarasota, FL, graduated from The Asheville School and then Duke University. This created a lifelong love of Duke basketball (despite marrying a Tarheel). He spent four years in the Navy and the stories of his travels, friendships, and adventures were told time and time again.

After living in Charlotte, NC for a number of years, George ultimately returned to Asheville, NC with Betsy where they built their life and raised their two daughters, Parker and Katherine. George made his mark on Asheville in the best way possible. He never met a stranger, was a friend to all and kind to all. In addition to his family, George chose to care for people from all walks of life. He taught compassion, the desire to give and help, and treat everyone with respect. He was actively engaged in the community, his children’s school, his church, and his neighborhood.

George had an impressive career that started and ended in the financial industry. He spent time as a banker, business broker, small business owner (Quick as a Wink Car Wash), and financial advisor, but his true passion was farming. In addition to his “day” job, he owned Ivey Farms where he ran a pick-your-own strawberry farm, grew tobacco, corn, and cared for a mule, Terrible Tom, a horse, Terrific Tony, and his rescue horse, Bones.

George was a great dad (second dad to many), a loving husband, son, brother, grandfather, and mentor to countless friends. He will be so missed. Those of us left will continue to honor his legacy and try to follow his example.

George is preceded in death by his mother, Isabelle, his father, Elbert, his step-father, Mac, and his brothers, David and Jerry.

George is survived by his wife, Betsy Ivey, his daughters and their spouses, Parker and Alex Crawford, Katherine Ivey and Jonathan Nameth, his brother, Kenny McCandless (Jeanie), his sister-in-law, Thorunn Ivey, his adored grandchildren, Will, Sophie, Harris, Miller, and Cooper, the Trout Lynn Clan, nieces and nephews as well as lots of loving family and friends.

If you would like to make a tribute to George, please consider one of the following: MemoryCare Inc at 100 Far Horizons Lane, Asheville, NC 28803; MountainCare Services at PO Box 5956, Asheville, NC 28813; or Four Seasons Hospice Foundation at 211 N. Main St, Hendersonville, NC 28792.

The celebration honoring his life will be held Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 2:00pm at Central United Methodist Church.

Groce Funeral Home’s Lake Julian team is assisting the family.


Celebration of Life: March 19, 2022 2:00 pm

Central United Methodist Church
27 Church Street
Asheville, NC 28801


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. George was the most amazing second father, I learned so many things from him, and have more fond memories than one can imagine. He never met a stranger and his smile and laugh were infectious. The world is a sadder place without him.

  2. My sincere condolences to Betsy and family.
    George was a good friend to many people in this community……..a mountain treasure.

    Annette Coleman

  3. One of the best. Kind, funny, and genuine. You leave a great legacy that all who knew you will never forget. We’ll miss you Uncle George. Keep smiling and chuckling!

  4. George and I both were “scholars” at The Asheville School and Duke University. He excelled at school; an good friend. George was an Alpha Tau Omega and bro David while I was in a different quad, Delta Sigma Phi. While George was an excelled a NCNB banker while I stayed another 3d years on Duke Law.
    Fair winds and calm seas, George!
    (Fort Lauderdale / Bucksport, Maine)

  5. My thoughts are with all the family members, but especially with Betsy, Parker, and Katherine whom I have known for years. Losing a husband and father are life markers and create strong emotions. May you all focus on the wonderful times you have had together and bask in the love all of you have created together.

  6. George, I was very saddened when I saw your obit online. We had many happy days working together. Many prayers are with Betsy and the entire Ivey family. I’m very disappointed that I’ll be out of town and won’t be able to attend your Memorial Service, but I will be there in spirit.

  7. Katherine, Parker and Betsy your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Mr Ivey always made me smile- and sometimes laugh too

  8. It is with sadness that in seeking out George, because I am interested in Hickory, NC I have learned of his passing. In a lifetime blessed with many wonderful people, George, although I have not seen or have had contact with him for many years, is nonetheless one of my special memories. We attended Sarasota Highschool together. George was one of those special ones that for some unique reason was and will remain unforgettable.
    To his family I am sorry for their overwhelming loss of one so substantial

  9. George was a great guy — kind, funny, giving, loving of his family and cousins, a hard worker, so many wonderful qualities. His smile and twinkle in his eyes I will remember forever.

    Taisie Berkeley


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