Geraldine Corbin Holcombe

geraldine holcombe

September 16, 1932 ~ February 27, 2024

Born in: Macon County, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Geraldine Corbin Holcombe went to be with her Lord and Savior on February 27, 2024.

Born September 16, 1932 in Macon County, Gerry was the daughter of the late Leonard and Bida Corbin. She was also preceded in death by her husband, William T. Holcombe, of 52 years, and her siblings, Celestine Smith, Madeline Gosnell and Barbee Corbin.

Gerry worked in education for 28 years. She graduated from Sand Hill School (later Sand Hill Venable), and worked at her old alma mater for 22 years.

Gerry was a dedicated member of West Asheville Baptist Church for 72 years. Through the years she served as a teacher in Sunday School, Training Union, Vacation Bible School, Women’s Ministry, June Goodwin Circle, as well as serving on committees. She loved the Lord Jesus and always sought to live for Him.

Gerry enjoyed her time living at Pisgah Estates and served for many years as their activities director. Her favorite thing about her home was her friends and neighbors and the view she had of the flowers, mountains and clouds.

She is survived by her two daughters and sons-in-law, Deborah H. Bradley (David) and Donna H. McKinney (Jeff); and two grandsons, Derek Mikael Bradley (Ashley Li) and Jerimiah Murray.

Memorial services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 2 at West Asheville Baptist Church, with Rev. Tony Hooper officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Graveside services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the West Asheville Baptist Building Fund, 926 Haywood Rd., Asheville, NC 28806.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting the family.


Visitation: March 2, 2024 2:00 pm

West Asheville Baptist Church
926 Haywood Road
Asheville, NC 28806

(828) 253-9824

Memorial Service: March 2, 2024 3:00 pm

West Asheville Baptist Church
926 Haywood Road
Asheville, NC 28806

(828) 253-9824

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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


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  1. Dear Donna and Family,
    Gerry has been a dear friend of mine for many years. We did many fun things together, such as discipleship classes, trips with WABC girls to Gatlinburg for seminars and many church events. I will miss her smiling face.
    Love in Christ,
    Marsha Medford

  2. Gerry and my mom (Mae Hawkins) worked at the school together, worshiped at WABC together, lived at Pisgah Estates together, and now are residents in their Fathers heavenly home together! There will lots of hugs and laughter going on with these beautiful ladies! Love and hugs to you, Donna.
    Susan Hawkins Pitcher

  3. Donna and Debbie, I’m so sorry to read of your mom’s passing. I was thinking of her not long ago. The June Goodwin Circle has now relocated in Heaven!! What a reunion that has been with all those precious ladies. Lots of good memories of your mom and my mom and all the other beautiful Christian women who were such good examples for us growing up. Love and prayers to you both. Cheryl Burnette Bland

  4. My family is very sad to hear of the passing of Mrs. Holcombe. She was such a faithful servant of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We were all so blessed to know her at West Asheville Baptist Church. God bless and comfort each of you. Much love and prayers from the Fisher family!

  5. I was so fond of Gerry and she was such a delight to wok with at Sand Hill. Donna my sympathy to you and your entire family on her passing. She was a sweet, sweet lady and I am glad that I had the privilege to work with her and to get to know her. She truly lived her faith every day!!

  6. I loved working at SHV with Gerri. She was a wonderful friend and I have fond memories of that time. Such a sweet lady and a shining light.

  7. Gerry was a good friend. We worked together at Sand Hill kindergarten for ten years. We surprised her with an afterschool party for Birthday number 50. Great fun and good memories. Being faithful and active at West Asheville Baptist, she attended until it became too dificult. My love and prayers to Donna and Debbie and their families. We will see her again.

  8. Debbie, Donna, and family, I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. She was a very sweet and special lady and an exemplary Christian. I enjoyed working with her! She always had a smile and a kind word. We have the blessed assurance of seeing her again. Praying for God’s comfort for you all…

  9. To Jeri’s family,
    I just read about your Mom’s passing. I got acquainted with Jeri many years ago when Bida was one of my residents at Aston Park HCC. We kept in touch every year with Christmas cards until a few years ago & I often wondered about her. She was a wonderful person. I worked at Aston Park for 29 years & had to come out because of heath problems inherited from Daddy. I lost my mother back in 2016 & she was my best friend & I recently lost my only sister December 12 2023. Cherish your memories. My condolences to all of you.

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