Mabrye Candler Brenton

mabrye brenton
Mabrye Candler Brenton, 92, formerly of Candler, died Monday, January 26, 2004, at the Rickman Center, Richmond Hill, Asheville. Mrs. Brenton was born in Buncombe County and was a daughter of the late Edgar Washington Candler and Mabrye Morgan Candler. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Byron Edward Brenton who died in 1974, two brothers, Coke Candler and Edgar Candler, a sister Lucinda Bell, and a nephew Edgar Candler. She taught for a year at Fontana Dam and for 34 years in Candler and she was a lifelong member of Hominy Baptist Church. She was a former volunteer at the American Red Cross and at St. Joseph Hospital. She is survived by three nieces, Mary Catherine (Kitty) Swayngim, Norine Moore, and Miriam Cole and her husband Marvin. Graveside funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday at the Samuel Bell Gudger Cemetery on Candler School Road with the Rev. Dr. Joe Yelton officiating. Pallbearers will be Steve, Doug and Josh Swayngim, Jeff Candler, and Jim and Clint Moore. Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Hominy Baptist Church Day-Stay Program, 135 Candler School Road, Candler, NC 28715.

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  1. I just learned of Aunt Mabrye’s death. I am deeply saddened by her passing. She was my favorite Aunt and I always loved coming down to visit her and Uncle Byron, as well as all of the rest of clan. I will always treasure all of my many memories of Aunt Mabrye.

  2. Mrs. Brenton was my 4th grade teacher at Laurel Hill School. She was a good teacher, and I remember her well. At Candler, I didn’t have the good fortune to have her again, but I wanted to be assigned to her class. We were lucky to have a teacher like Mrs. Brenton. My thoughts are with the nieces.

  3. I attended school at Candler and graduated in 1954. I remember Mrs. Brenton very well with fond memories in my early grade school days. God go with the family members.

  4. Mrs Brenton was always one of my favorite teachers. My prayers are with the family. Bonnie

  5. Kitty & Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at the death of Maybre. She was a special lady who added dignity to all she was a part of. (A teacher who would be critical of me ending that sentence with a preposition.) She was most generous to her church and community, providing perpetual scholarship help for many. Her great character continues in members of her family and others her life has touched.

  6. My sincerest sympathy to the family of Mabrye Brenton.
    May God sustain you and bless you in the days ahead.

    Pat Carden

  7. To the family of Maybre Brenton I send my condolences. My memories of her is the big house she lived in in Candler, what a beautiful person she was inside and out, and the sophistication she had about her. I graduated from Candler High School in 1954 and had attended Laurel Hill School in my young years. I never had her as my teacher, but always admired her as a person. She lived a long life and will always be remembered by those of us who knew her. May God bless and comfort you in your loss.
    Jimmie Deane Eplee Parris

  8. As long as I can remember, I have loved Aunt Mabrye and Uncle B. We rented the big, two-story house on Beaverdam from them, and that is where I grew up. After I married Tony, our friendship grew greater. She was one of my very favorite teachers. I have a large iris bed that she shared with me, and I will treasure it even more now. My thoughts and love go out to her surviviors. My daughters, Melissa, Lucinda, and Rebecca send their love also. Dorothy Candler-Fisher

  9. She was one of my greatest teachers
    as well as a great friend. I cherish the time that I knew her. I
    know that all of the family understands what greatness is all

  10. Mrs. Brenton was at the top of my list of beloved teachers. I still do not know how she managed to get me through the 7th grade at Candler school, but I will be forever grateful to her for her sweet and patient struggle to do so.

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