February 21, 1916 ~ November 19, 2018

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

Helen (Stroupe) Elkins, 102, of Asheville, died Monday, November 19, 2018. Born in Buncombe County, she was the wife of the late Willie Holt Elkins, who died January, 1981. She was the daughter of the late Charles L. and Sallie Kate (Sorrells) Stroupe. She was preceded in death by 4 brothers, John, Fred, Jack, and Edgar Stroupe, and 2 sisters, Lucy Reed and Ruby Riddle. Helen was a lifelong member of Gashes Creek Baptist Church and a graduate of A.C. Reynolds High School, Class of 1934. She had worked in production for Sayles Bleachery. She was an avid bowler and had belonged to a league. Helen had an extremely strong work ethic, to which she attributed her long life. She is survived by 10 nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at Groce Funeral Home, 72 Long Shoals Rd, Arden, with Pastor Michael Rogers officiating. Family and friends will be received one hour prior to the service at the funeral home, from 10 to 11 AM. Burial will follow in Gashes Creek Cemetery.

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  1. So hard to believe that Helen and her brother, Harvey, went to heaven just days apart. I always remember Helen and my Dad, Francis Huntley, being five years apart in age to the day (1916/1921). I have many fond memories of Helen and her late husband, Bill. We had some good times, which are greatly missed. My deepest sympathy to the Stroupe family.

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  2. Aunt Helen was a very big part of the days of my youth. She was my aunt , independent, a hard worker & was always an attractive women. She made us rice krispie treats (our favorite). she also made waffles for us & fudge at Christmas.
    She was blessed to live a long life. She will be very missed by her family, community & church.
    I’m glad we got to visit her while in Asheville!

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