January 25, 1947 ~ October 13, 2021

Born in: Leicester, NC
Resided in: Barnardsville, NC

Barnardsville – John William “Bill” Wilson, 74, passed away Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at his home.

Mr. Wilson was born January 25, 1947, in Leicester to the late William Forest and Wilma Gossett Wilson. He retired after 28 years of working various positions with Buncombe County including truck driver, deputy, and animal control officer.

Bill enjoyed NASCAR and was an avid fisherman and backyard mechanic. He was a former tournament billiards player and enjoyed traveling, especially seafood buffets at the beach.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Gage Wilson; sisters, JoAnn Roberts (Ted) and Cindy Fisher (Bryan) and a niece, Donessa Wilson. He was preceded in death by his brother, Don Wilson.

Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday at Ashelawn Gardens with Pastor Charlie Sams officiating.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Monday at the cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to AshevilleCatWierdos.org.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting with the arrangements.


Graveside Service: October 18, 2021 2:00 pm

Ashelawn Gardens of Memory
901 Aiken Road
Asheville, NC 28804

(828) 645-6915

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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


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  1. Dear Nancy,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Bill was a wonderful neighbor and friend. We will miss him dearly.

  2. Dear Nancy, JoAnn, and Cindy, Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We grew up at Starnes Cove Baptist Church, and went to Enka High School with Bill. He was a super nice guy, and will be missed. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Take Care. Sincerely, Wayne & Neil

  3. So sorry to hear about
    Bill passing, He was a great man. He will be missed by all. Our prayers are with Nancy, and family.

    ur prayers

  4. Nancy,
    I am so sorry to hear about Bill. He was a great man, so many wonderful memories. We will miss him and he will be in our hearts forever…


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