April 7, 1971 ~ January 8, 2021

Born in: Jesup, GA
Resided in: Arden, NC

Jasper Leroy Wilson, III, 49, passed away Friday, January 8, 2021 at the Charles George VA Medical Center.

Jasper was born in Jesup, Georgia to Jasper Leroy Wilson, II and Jane Ann Groover Odum.

He was a U.S. Navy Veteran and loved his time with the military. He worked at Progress Energy as a Control Room Operator. Jasper was an excellent husband and father and was a big kid at heart who loved his family dearly.

In addition to his parents he is survived by his wife, Toni Henry Wilson; three daughters, Madison Lee Wilson of the home, Jessica Wilson of the home and Elizabeth Wilson of Asheville; two step daughters, Julie Moore of Asheville and Sarah Moore Howard of the home; one brother, Gary Wilson (Joy) of Jesup, GA; three sisters, Angie Palmer (Gene) of Jesup, GA, Lori Conley of Jesup, GA and Paula Odum Henry (Caris) of Waynesville; a step-granddaughter, Aubree Shepherd and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian at 12:30 pm. Due to Covid 19 funeral services are limited to 50 people in the chapel at this time. Burial will follow at the WNC State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain.

Jasper will lie in repose at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 3:00 until 5:30 pm.

The family would like to express their thankfulness to Jasper’s work family at Progress Energy and the VA Hospital for their compassion and outpouring during this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the ALS Association North Carolina Chapter or to the Wounded Warrior Project

To leave a message of comfort or share a memory with the family, please visit Jasper’s obituary page at www.grocefuneralhome.com.

Services

Funeral Service: January 20, 2021 12:30 pm

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

(828)687-3530
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

For those who wish to pay their respects: January 19, 2021 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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

(828)687-3530
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Burial:

Western Carolina State Veteran's Cemetery
962 Old US Hwy 70
Black Mountain, NC 28711

(828)669-0684

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  1. worked with jasper at progress energy and found him to one the best and sincere person that i every meet during my career at progress energy. he will be missed.

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  2. I worked with Lee at Progress Energy. Lee was a great guy. I loved to chat with him when he came by from time to time. May God give comfort to his family.

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  3. I also worked with Lee (or Jasper Lee, as I loved to call him) at the Lake Julian Arden /Asheville Plant location for many years. He was always the most pleasant soul, knowledgeable, helpful and pleasure to work with. He will be sorely missed.

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  4. Thinking of the family during this difficult time. My late great uncle from Canton was named Jasper Wilson. My condolences for your loss.

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  5. I worked with Lee at the steam plant. He was a great guy to work with and always had the largest homemade meals that I could not get him to share. We would talk about bbq and cookers all the time. He always kept me laughing during those long nights. He will be missed.

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  6. I’ve had the great honor of working with many good hearted men at the plant, Lee was loved by all he worked with and he will be missed, but his legacy continues.

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  7. I met lee while walking the dog a couple of years ago and he told me he was working at the Asheville Power Plant and all about his work there, then I told him I retired from CP&L or rather Progress energy and had worked at the WACC and knew something about what he did, I also had worked at the plant wiring some of the communication equip when the gas turbines were set up. We shared some great conversations on the street.

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  8. I worked with Lee at the plant. I always enjoyed talking to Lee about baseball, Braves and his nephews. We also had some discussions about Georgia football, but I have to admit he was a bigger fan than I am. I enjoyed working with Lee and found him to be honest, loyal, and hard working. I feel like I am a better person for having known Lee and being able to call him my friend. May God bless his family, until they see him again.

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  9. I had the pleasure of working with Lee at the power plant and he quickly became one of my favorite Control Room Operators. He loved to talk about his dreams of buying a BBQ truck and his kids. I will always remember him with love for his optimism, positive energy, and pure silliness. Sure will miss you “LeeLee”.

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