Irene Huffman Harwood passed away on June 26, 2020, in the home of her granddaughter in Savannah, GA. She was 93 years old.

The widow of Roy L Harwood, Mrs. Harwood spent most of her life in Asheville, NC. Daughter of AJ and Nebraska Huffman, she is survived by one sister, Louise Shreckengast; daughter, Lee Gosnell; grandchildren, Sarah Booth, Adam Harwood, Daniel Gosnell, Katelyn Hodge, and Evin Harwood; and three great-grandchildren, Allie Harwood, Apollo Hodge, and Luna Hodge.

In addition to her husband Roy L. Harwood, she was preceded in death by her two sons, Philip Harwood and John Harwood.

Rene, as she was known to family and friends, loved her family and her church. Not much pleased her more than having a house full of family to come for a visit. She was a life-long member of Asheville Wesleyan Church, where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday school for decades. She and husband Roy lead the youth group up until the 1970s. She loved gardening both vegetables and flowers. She would often give the proceeds of her efforts to friends and family.

Due to COVID-19, the family will hold private graveside services at Pisgah View Memorial Park, in Candler, NC.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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


Private Graveside Service:

Pisgah View Memorial Park
1529 Smoky Park Highway
Candler, NC 28715


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  1. Lee, I am so sorry for your loss. Find comfort in knowing Rene is home now, reunited with Roy, and forever healed and safe with Jesus!

  2. Dear Lee, Roy and Rene were two of the sweetest people to ever be on this earth. Roy was my Sunday school teacher and Boy Scout Master when I was a young boy. You and your brothers were just very very little. I would come by your home on Pa. Ave. and try to help Roy in his cabinet shop. Your mom made the best ice tea in the world. They in my mind were the perfect couple, so much in love all of their life. They were a great influence on so many of our lives. We will be in prayer for you as we celebrate Rene’s homegoing to heaven to be with Roy and the boys.

  3. Hi Lee, your parents were my wonderful neighbors for many years as was your grandmother Nebraska Huffman. I grew up with Phil and John and we played together for years. your family was so special to me and I have wonderful memories of all of them. You being the youngest might not remember these years. may God richly bless you as you grieve the loss of your beautiful mother!


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