Hilda Netherton Farmer

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Hilda Netherton Farmer, 75, of Beaverdam Loop, Candler, departed this life Friday, January 23, 2009, at John F. Keever Solace Center. Following a long battle with illness, she has now gone to Jesus. Mrs. Farmer was born in Buncombe County and was a daughter of the late James Charlie and Elva Smith Netherton. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Tommy L. Farmer and her brothers, Eloties (Lote) and Robert (Bob). She was a lifelong and active member of Brown's View United Methodist Church where she enjoyed teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir and working in Vacation Bible School. Hilda worked in the Research Textile Lab of Enka and BASF from which she retired in 1985. Following her retirement, she was a substitute teacher for Buncombe County Schools. She enjoyed singing with "The Netherton Family Singers" and regularly attended bluegrass music at Mrs. Hyatt's on Brevard Road and at Erwin Community Center. Her passing leaves saddened hearts for family, friends and co-workers. Survivors include one son, Terry Lee Farmer and wife, Patricia, of Candler; two grandchildren, Aaron Farmer of Charlotte and Kristin Farmer of Candler; two brothers, Edgar Netherton and wife, Ruby, and Wilburn Netherton and wife, Mary, all of Candler; sisters-in-law, Martha Netherton and Billie Netherton. She is mourned by her many nieces and nephews for whom she willingly provided love and guidance. Her family gives special appreciation to her niece Oleta Rigdon who cared for her in the home. Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m. Monday at Brown's View United Methodist Church with the Revs. George Davis and Ed Worley officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Her family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.

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  1. Wilbur, Mary & Family
    Sanford and I are very sorry to hear of the passing of your sister.
    Our prays and thougts are with you.

    Sanford and Alice Lewis

  2. We will all miss Hilda and that wonderful singing voice. She is singing in that heavenly choir now.

  3. Terry,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your Mothers passing. She was a special woman, it was a pleasure to have known her.
    Take comfort in knowing she is with your Dad, and she is in a better place free from pain & sorrow.
    God Bless you & your family at this time.
    Cindy Howard

  4. Wilburn and Mary,
    I am so sorry you lost Aunt Hilda but our loss is heavens gain. We love you and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Gina and Samantha Fowler

  5. Strength and honor are clothing:…She looketh well to the ways of her household…Her children arise up and call her blessed
    Judy Taylor

  6. Terry and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. What a wonderful gal she was to me, always. She loved her ‘Terry’ so! as she did all of her family. We will be praying for the Comforter to sustain you throughout this transition.Our loss is Heaven’s gain! Love and prayers, Marcia & Eddie Howell

  7. Wilburn, We know and share your loss with you at this time. We will be with you in spirit as you hold Hilda’s service. Love, Malcolm & Jackie

  8. Terry and family, so sorry to hear
    of Aunt Hilda’s passing she was a special lady and was always wonderful to me. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family
    Steve, Pam, and Loftin Farmer

  9. I am so sorry to read about Hilda’s
    passing.One more angel has beeen
    added to Heaven’s choir. How beautiful
    the music must be. My prayers are with you at this sad time…Joan Henson

  10. Dear Family Members, May God be with you in your time of sorrow. Hilda was a good friend of mine. We worked at school together for years. Even both {Randy & Jason} of my boys loved her as a sub teacher. God bless all the family. Love, Wilma Snipes

  11. Farmer Family
    I just wanted to tell you all how sorry we are in the passing of Hilda. Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  12. Please accept my sympathies in the passing of a very special person. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  13. Dear Terry and Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Hilda was a very special lady. She had a hard time the last few years here on earth but, she is feeling good now rejoicing and singing with her loved ones in Heaven.


  15. Terry, Patti, and Farmer family, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Hilda. My memories of her are from her subbing at school and how the children loved her. She had a special way with them. Also, I remember with fondness, listening to Tommy and Hilda making music at the feed store around Christmas each year. We will certainly miss her, but she is with your dad and her Heavenly Father. Our love and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Gail and Craig Franklin

  16. My deepest sympathy to you in Hilda’s passing. I always thought she was such a sweet lady.
    My grandfather loved to hear her sing and also visited at the Hyatt’s. On more than one occassion I had the opportunity to hear the Nethertons and I know she will be missed.

    Dawn Hyatt
    PJ Banks grandaughter

  17. Terry and family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless you all during this sad time.

    Katha Phillips Bowman

  18. Dear Family,

    Hilda was so special to me and my family. My kids think the world of her and she was so good to them. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Angelo and Teresa Karnezis, Lucas, Jesse and Maria

  19. Dear family members,
    I worked with both Hilda and Tommy there in Research, and am sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  20. Dear Terry and Family,

    I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. I have alot of great memories of her. The best one is of how comforting she was to me when my mom passed. I will never forget her kindness and compassion even though it had been years since I had seen her. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.


  21. Hilda was a very special friend to my sister, Shirley Blazer and my family loved her for her years continued friendship shown to Shirley.

  22. We are very sorry to hear of Hilda passing away. She attended Candler High School with both of us. We always loved her and know she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

  23. Dear Family,

    Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Hilda was a wonderful lady and will be greatly missed by many people. I have so many memories of her as a child in church; they will be cherished. We love you all.

    Scott and Lisa Chauvin

  24. I share in your deep loss but wonderful memories. Ms. Farmer was truly a fine lady, always with a smile and a kind word. I’m proud to be part of her extended family. God Bless You during your time of loss.

  25. Dear Terry & Family,
    I have met Hilda off and on through the years with her subbing in the schools and when I was growing up. My brother was Don Cox. She was a very special lady and truly loved the Lord. My prayers are with you all.

  26. I am so sorry to hear of Hilda’s passing. We know she will never have to suffer again as she had here on earth. I met Hilda and Tommy at Harbor Inn where I work and always loved to serve them. As we began to talk she had subbed in my daughters class on occassion. Amanda always loved it when she did and when we would see them out, she would run and hug Hilda. One day,Tommy and Hilda invited us to come and pick apples in the orchard. The boys were so small they couldn’t reach even the lowest apples on the tree and would start picking them up from the ground!! They still remember this outing. So, even though we didn’t know them as well as some of you have, they made a wonderful impression on my children. Hilda gave me a cd that we will continue to enjoy and a scarf that she made for me!! You are blessed to have had wonderful parents. May God Bless You and Your Family.

  27. Dear Farmer Family,Two of my sons had the pleasure of having Mrs.Farmer as a sub many times,she was such a special person with a heart so loving.My son Adam thought so much of her,she was very good to him.She loved all the students she taught like they were her very own.Thank You for sharing such a beautiful person with my family.Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.Melissa Fisher

  28. We are so sorry for your loss. Hilda was a beautiful woman and we have wonderful memories of her singing and working with the children in vacation bible school. She made a difference in this world, and we feel blessed to have known her. We are all sadden by your loss. Your family is in our prayers.
    Teena, Chris,Kaila and Devin Gant

  29. Dear wilburn and Edgar, we are so sorry to hear of hildas passing. Her beautiful voice on the Netherton family album has truly been an inspiration to us for many, many years. please know that you and all the family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  30. I last saw Hilda and Tommy when Terry was a baby, such a long time ago. I last spoke with her about 1965 when I called to pour out my heart in my unhappiness at the time. When I last talked to Tommy, forget the year, he sounded as if he had just seen me yesterday and told me Hilda was out in the field on the tractor–somehow I could just see her. Such a lovely lady, always kind to me, and I remember her as she was so long ago. I’ve looked at the Farmer obituaries at Groce Funeral Home from time to time for special reasons, first Tony, then Jim and Tommy, now Hilda, and that dear family will always have a special place in my heart.

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