February 27, 1983 ~ August 18, 2006
Born in: Asheville, NC,
Resided in: Weaverville, NC
Joshua Dennis Harding, 23, of 29 Salem Road, Weaverville, was killed in a motorcycle accident early Friday, August 18, 2006. A native of Buncombe County, he was the son of Dennis Roger Harding of Weaverville and Patty Harding Taylor and husband Curtis of Candler. He was preceded in death by a maternal grandmother, Jackie Arnett and a paternal grandfather, Elzie Harding. Josh attended North Buncombe High School. A loving son, father and brother, he could light up a room with his smile and he loved his son, Ryan, who was the light of his life. An excellent carpenter who loved building custom homes, he never said good-bye, always “see ya afterwhile” and left with a hug. He never met a stranger and the world was his friend. We lost a loving, kind, full of life young man. He is now the brightest star in Heaven and will be sorely missed by all those who ever knew him. In addition to his parents, Josh is survived by his son, Ryan Dennis Harding of Asheville; a sister, Amy Lynn Harding of Candler; paternal grandmother, Ellen Harding; maternal grandfathers, Tim Erwin and Charles Arnett; a nephew, Cameron Daniel Pillay; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Tuesday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Reverend T.J. Dillingham officiating. Burial will follow at Longs Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7:00-9:00 pm Monday at the funeral home. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to the family for Ryan’s care.