Lester Scott Runion

lester runion
Lester Scott Runion, 91, of 16 Dix Creek Chapel Road, Asheville, died Tuesday, August 5, 2008, at Grace Health Care Center, Asheville. Mr. Runion was born in Madison County and was a son of the late Cecil G. and Annie Laurie West Runion. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Clara Davis Runion, who died in July, 2001, his step-mother, Belle Thorpe Runion, a sister, Cecelia Roberson, a brother, Leroy Runion, and his grandparents, Christopher Columbus Runion and Minnie Wilde Runion of Madison County. He was an Army veteran of WW II and was a former driver for Coca Cola Bottling Co. where he worked for 36 years before retiring in 1979. He had been an active member at Dix Creek Chapel United Methodist Church since 1958 where he served as trustee and former chairman of the trustees of the church, trustee of the cemetery fund, parsonage trustee, member of the lay leadership committee, finance committee, United Methodist Vision Builder Committee and United Methodist Men. He is survived by a daughter, Brenda Runion Burrows of Asheville; a grandson, Brooks Anthony Burrows and his wife, Nicole; two great grandchildren, Calvin Lee Burrows of Fernandino Beach, FL, and Jaclyn Brook Burrows of Asheville; four sisters, Thelma Norton of Asheville, Annie Lanier of Virginia, Joan Anderson of Asheville, and Argylle Woolley of Charlotte; one brother, Cecil Grey Runion, Jr. and his wife, Susie, of Asheville; a brother-in-law, Hugh Roberson and a sister-in-law, Betty Runion. The funeral will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday at Dix Creek Chapel United Methodist Church with the Revs. Drs. William Zopp and Ronnie Owen officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery with military honors provided by the Buncombe Co. Veteran's Council. Pallbearers will be Brooks Burrows, Doug Hughey, Rick Roberson, Randy Roberson, Alan Woolley, Wilburn Parham, Ed Brown, and Ronnie Smith. The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue. Flowers will be appreciated or memorials may be made to Dix Creek Chapel Cemetery Fund, c/o Wilburn Parham, 10 Beck Drive, Asheville, NC 28806.

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  1. Dear Runion Family,

    The church family of Woodlawn Baptist Church will be in prayer for your family tonight (Wed.)
    We are the home church of Argylle Woolley. We love her and we love your family in Christ.

    Pastor Earl Pennell
    Woodlawn Baptist Church

  2. Dear Brenda,
    I was so sorry to hear of your Dad’s death. You and the rest of your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Gwen

  3. Brenda, Brooks, Calvin, and family, I got to spend precious time with Lester, And watched him play with little man. Brooks he loved you very much.He was always excited on Sat. Calvin,He was always asking about you. He loved you Dearly too. Brenda I know He loved his little Girl. Just remember He is where he worked so hard to get and that was HOME to Heaven, Just think of who he has seen. Besides his loved ones, He has seen Our LORD. One day we will meet him again. All of you are in our prayers,Only God can give you the peace that you need and He will. God bless each of you.

  4. We are so very sorry to hear about Uncle Lester’s passing. You are in our prayers.

    Brian, Tanya, Ashton & Kensie Bailes (C.G.’s grandchildren)

  5. We are so sorry for your loss. We loved Uncle Lester very much. He was such a sweet man. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Cecil, I am so sorry that you have lost your brother. He was a little older than us but all of your family was a well respected and well liked part of the community. I enjoyed knowing you and Leroy when we were in school together and Cecilia as well as Hugh. My sympathy is with all of you as I know you will miss him very much.

  7. Dear Brenda and Family, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. I wish I could have come to the visitation but other things very already scheduled. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

  8. Brooks,
    I am so sorry to hear about your Grandfather passing away. I know how you feel. It is very hard to give up a Grandparent, no matter what their age. You and your family are in my prayers. You were always one of my best friends and I know you are hurting deeply. Remember the good times with your Grandfather and know he is safe in God’s presence where he will never again face the difficulties of this world. He has a new life and a new body!!

    Love and prayers,
    Wanda and David Robinson
    Ashley, Audra and Alex

  9. Dear Brenda and family,
    I am sorry for your loss. Losing a loved one is not easy. But knowing he is in heaven is a true blessing in itself. Hold on to your memories. Just remember he might not live here anymore but now lives in heaven with our loved ones and most importantly our Lord. He is happy. Love you guys and I will keep you in my prayers.

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