February 3, 1944 ~ October 26, 2019

Born in: Buncombe Co., NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Jewel Dean Ball Sanford, 75, of Asheville, passed away Saturday, October 26, 2019.

A native of Buncombe Co., Jewel was a daughter of the late Grady Fidell Ball and Kathleen Trivette Ball. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ervin L. Sanford, in November 2018.

Mrs. Sanford worked as an LPN, and was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

Surviving are her daughter, Kathy Duncan (Lawson); son, Kevin Caldwell; step-son, Rev. Ron Rhodes (Pam); three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters, Dianne Fryar and Wanda Ingle; and brother, Dennis Ball (Mable).

A celebration of life service will be held at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, October 30, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, with Rev. Keith Watkins officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 11:00 to 12:00 prior to the service. Interment will follow at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Western Carolina State Veteran’s Cemetery in Black Mountain.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting the family.


Visitation: October 30, 2019 11:00 am

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church
754 Aiken Rd.
Asheville, NC 28804

Celebration of Life: October 30, 2019 12:00 pm

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church
754 Aiken Rd.
Asheville, NC 28804

Burial: October 30, 2019 3:00 pm

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


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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


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  1. Dear Family, We are so sorry for the passing of your loved one. Jewel was a good person. Always friendly. May you gain comfort from God and all the wonderful memories you have.
    John & Carolyn Caldwell

  2. Dear Kathy and family,

    You all are a precious family! Jewell matched her name! She will be missed and remembered dearly. Love you and our thoughts and prayers are with you all! The Lord bless and keep you! ❤️Heather and Matthew, Caleb, Esther, & Henry

  3. Dianne and Family,
    Jewel was a warm, loving, and fun person. She has a special place in my heart. I will miss this special lady very much.
    With sympathy and love to each of you.
    Jane Erwin—Erwin Hills Baptist Church

  4. Dear Wanda, Dianne and family, I am so sorry to hear of Jewel’s passing. My love, thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Always remember and cherish the good times.

  5. MY condolences to Jewel’s family. I just read about Jewel’s passing. I worked with Jewel at Aston Park HCC several years ago. She was a wonderful nurse and had so much compassion for the residents. Cherish your memories. Again my sympathy to all of you.

  6. Not only am I losing a Sister but my Best Friend. She is with her Father in Heaven, God will give us the Grace to hang in there as a Family. We will be together again

  7. To the family of Jewel, my deepest condolences to each of you. “I believe we are granted the necessary grace, in the end, to let go and rejoice that the end is just the beginning.” Jewel’s life is beginning anew. May God bless and comfort each of you.
    Joyce Dover Evans

  8. Jewel was always very special, with her big smile , and so sweet. So sorry for your loss, the family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Sorry for your loss. Jewel and I were friends in high school. She was a very kind and sweet person. Prayers for your family.
    Sharon and Ben Norton


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