May 23, 1945 ~ September 5, 2005

Born in: Lexington, NC,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Gerald C. “Chip” Craver, 60, of 4505 Breakers Lane, Asheville, died Monday, September 5, 2005, at Hospice Solace Center. Mr. Craver was a native of Lexington and was a son of the late Homer and Kathleen Mock Craver. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam Conflict and was retired from the the US Forest Service, USDA. He is survived by one daughter, Angela Hall and her husband Travis of Candler; one son Joshua Craver of Asheville; two granddaughters Anna-Kate Hall and Emma Hall; one sister Jane Koontz of Richmond, VA and three brothers Sam Craver of Richmond, VA and David and Mike Craver of Lexington. A funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery with the Rev. Fr. Harry Woggon officiating. Burial will follow in the Veterans Cemetery. His family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue and suggest that memorials be made to Mountain Area Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

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  1. Dear Angie, Travis, Anna-Kate and Emma,

    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your father and grandfather. One year ago we were dealing with the same thing, so we know how hard it is. Please know how much we care for you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.

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  2. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sorrowful time. May you all be consoled by your memories of your loved one.

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  3. We extend our deepest sympathy at the passing of Chip. May he rest in peace.

    Sincerely,
    Jim and Ginger Mock

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  4. Chip was a great help to all the residents of Biltmore Commons, especially those who use the swimming pool, since Chip was instrumental in keeping the pool a healthy place for all. Chip will be missed, not just for his wonderful service to our community, but as a friend and neighbor as well.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Chip’s family at this difficult time.

    Jim and Marcia Applegate

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  5. Chip’s service to our community has been greatly appreciated by all of the residents of Biltmore Commons, and has set a standard for participation
    and cooperation for the benefit of all.

    Our sincere and deepest condolences.

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  6. Entire Craver Family;
    My thoughts are with you during your time of loss. Chip will be dearly missed. I know his memory will remain close in all our hearts.

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  7. Josh,

    Your in my thoughts & prayers at this very difficult time. Maybe your dad can keep Cole in line (we all know Cole needs supervision). If you need me I am here for you.

    Love,
    Alana

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  8. My deepest sympathy to you for the loss of your loved one. I worked at the Southern Research Station with Chip for several years.

    Louise Gallagher

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  9. I was fortunate to be Chip’s next-door neighbor at Biltmore Commons for three years. We celebrated some birthdays together and enjoyed staying in touch via email after I moved to Oregon. He was a kind and helpful person, always a gentleman. My fondest memories of him will be of talking about our beloved Outer Banks and Atlanta Braves and seeing him driving around in his little Miata. I am sorry for your loss and for the loss of such a dear friend and neighbor. God bless you.

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  10. Steve and I would like to extend our sincere condolence to the family. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

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  11. Chip was my supervisor when I first started in 1985 with the Forest Service. I have many fond memories of him. He was such a fun loving fella. With deepest sympathy.

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  12. Please know of the thoughts and prayers of the members of Grace Episcopal Church, in Lexington.

    Tom E. King, Rector

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  13. Our condolences in your time of sorrow. Chip worked with me about 10 years ago and he was a great help in my research. I am sure that his smile and good heart will be missed. Ken and Pat Outcalt

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  14. My deapest sympathy during your loss. Chip was a good friend of mine and we worked together with the Southern Research Station for many years. I will miss Chip’s humor and good nature. We had many good times that I will always remember. He was a dear friend to many.

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  15. ANGIE,JOSH,
    YOU HAVE MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY.I’M JUST GLAD I GOT TO MEET AND KNOW CHIP. HE WAS ONE OF THE EASIEST GOING AND FRIENDLY PERSONS I HAVE EVER KNOWN. AS LONG AS I KNEW HIM HE NEVER CHANGED. THE WORLD IS A BETTER PLACE FOR HAVING HAD YOUR DAD IN IT.

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  16. Josh,
    You and your family are in our thoughts. Our memories of Chip will always be good ones. He is at peace now.

    Love
    Dana, Kristi & KiLee

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  17. Chip was a very close friend of mine at one point in time, and I am only today hearing of his passing. I have many memories of him that include a beach trip to Emerald Ilse, a place I would have never seen if not for him. I love and miss my Braves fanatic friend. You are in my prayers. Leigh-Anna Hicks

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  18. Just heard of Chip’s passing. He and I were good friends at Reeds School from grade 1 until he transferred to Lexington City Schools grade 8. He and I were the ‘Doctors’ of hurts of the 2nd grade class! He was a good friend. I lived in Asheville for 7 years on Debra Lane and didn’t even know he was there. Too bad. My prayers are with you.

    Glenn Sink

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  19. Chip was always a great friend to the field folks in FIA. I enjoyed his sense of humor and stories about his field experiences from earlier days. He was enjoyable to work with and will be sorely missed as a friend.

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