January 1, 1939 ~ May 23, 2021

Born in: St. Louis, MO
Resided in: Arden, NC

Dr. Hugh Kenneth Himan, 82, of Asheville, passed away peacefully at CarePartners Hospice Solace Center.

Hugh spent his childhood in Danville IL, graduating from Danville High School, where he lettered in 3 varsity sports; basketball, baseball and football all four years. While playing baseball at Miami of Ohio he earned a bachelors and Masters degree in Economics. From there, he completed his education with a PhD from The University of Illinois from 1962-1965.

From 1965-1972, Hugh was a professor of Economics at Wake Forest University. He moved to Asheville to teach at Warren Wilson College. While at Warren Wilson College, he started the baseball program and was the head coach from 1975-1984. He was a beloved coach and teacher. In 2012 he was inducted into the inaugural Warren Wilson Hall of Fame.

Hugh delivered for Meals on Wheels as well as volunteered for Hospice from 2005-2013. He was also a Friend of Bill’s for 43 years.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah Himan; his children, Kim Merrill and Brock Himan (Cathy) and his grandchildren, Sam and Rory Merrill, Fletcher, Hugh and Cooper Himan; his brother, Dennis Himan and his step-children, Lynn Bowers and Chris Sugg.

A celebration of his life will be held on July 17 at Walnut Cove Tavern, 3 Cliffs Ridge Parkway, Arden, NC 28704 from 2-4 PM.

In lieu of flowers please donate to Meals on Wheels of Buncombe County or WNC Bridge Foundation (formerly CarePartners Foundation).

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.


Celebration of Life: July 17, 2021 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Walnut Cove Tavern
3 Cliffs Ridge Parkway
Arden, NC 28704

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. Brock , Cathy and Kids, I’m so sorry for your loss. He loved all of you more than life. Prayers for peace and comfort … if y’all need anything let me know.

  2. My most heart-felt thoughts and and prayers to the family. I don’t have the words right now to express my feelings of loss and the tremendous impact he had in my life. I had the honor to play for him, coached with him, he was my mentor and friend. Rest In Peace Coach❤️

  3. I was an economics major at Wake Forest University, Class of 1968. Dr Himan was my favorite professor during my time at Wake Forest, as I had several classes under him. After I graduated I was drafted into the army and stationed at Fort Bragg. I remember visiting him at his house in the old West End Blvd section of Winston-Salem, near Reynolds High School, when I was home for a weekend. He was a really great guy to be around. His passing comes as quite a shock to me. His family will be in my thoughts & prayers.

  4. My condolences to Coach Himan’s family. I have shared many stories over the years about playing baseball for him. The unique combination of he and Mickey McConnell made for quite the baseball experience. Hugh was a great guy and always looking for the positive. I am fortunate to have known him. My prayers and positive thoughts go out to the family.


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