January 15, 1932 ~ September 18, 2016

Resided in: Asheville, NC

Helma Stines Whitworth, 84, of Asheville, died on Sunday, September 18, 2016, at the St. Joseph Campus of Mission Hospitals. A native of Buncombe Co., Helma was a daughter of the late Nathan and Nellie Sams Stines. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Martha Riddle, and brothers, Glenn, Jack B., and Donald Stines. Mrs. Whitworth was a proud graduate of Sandy Mush High School, class of '51, for whom she played basketball. She retired from Square D, where she worked for 25 years. In her free time, she enjoyed socializing & cooking at the VFW Auxiliary, trips to Cherokee, and cheering on the Tar Heel basketball team. Mrs. Whitworth is survived by her daughter, Janet Whitworth and husband Mark Whitney; son, Bill Whitworth and wife Sandy; brother, Harold Stines; twin grandchildren, Matthew and Cory Whitworth; her special canine companion, Tucker; and her special friends, neighbor, Sally Peterson and caregiver, Margaret Smith, who were both a tremendous help to her. The funeral service for Mrs. Whitworth will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday at the Groce Funeral Home chapel on Patton Ave. with Mr. Terry Stines officiating. Private interment will take place at Newfound Baptist Church Cemetery. Her family will receive friends for 30 minutes prior to the service. Flowers are appreciated, or memorials may be made to Homeward Bound WNC, 218 Patton Ave., Asheville, NC 28801.

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  1. The death of Mrs. Helma Stines Whitworth is the most devastating experiences a family can face. At times, the loss may seem unbearable. Please know that there are those who care and more importantly Psalm 34:18 tells us that ‘God is near to those that are broken at heart. Jehovah is the God of all comfort. My prayers are with you and your family. jw.org

  2. Remembering Helma from our years at Square D Company. I enjoyed knowing her and I am keeping her family in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Bill and Janet, please know you and your families are in our prayers. Helma was a good friend to mama, and a good neighbor. May Gods grace and mercy be upon you.

  4. Janet and Bill, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. We did not have the pleasure of knowing your mother but know she must have been a wonderful woman to have raised such special children. May God grant you comfort and peace in the coming days. Our prayers are with you both.

  5. Janet and Bill,I am very sorry to hear of moms passing. Our mamas were very close, and they are close again as they meet in Heaven. I know you will miss her and I would love to say it gets easier and it may but I know all too well how much I long to see my mamas sweet face once again. So I leave you both with this, cherish each memory and know that you too will see her sweet face someday as well.
    Love you both Vicky Ramsey

  6. Janet and Bill:

    I am sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. Audrey and I will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.


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