July 5, 1917 ~ April 16, 2010

Born in: Buncombe County, NC,
Resided in: Candler, NC

Maralie Spake Trantham, 92, of English Road, Candler, died Friday, April 16, 2010, at Memorial Campus, Mission Hospitals. A native of Buncombe County, she was the daughter of the late Richard Alexander and Mae Angel Spake. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Thomas Joseph Trantham, Sr., who died in 1974 and was a former pastor of White Rock Baptist Church in Candler and by a brother, William Spake. Mrs. Trantham was a graduate of Asheville High School and attended Blanton Business College. She worked at Oteen Veterans Hospital before moving to San Diego, CA. The family returned to the Asheville area in 1969 at which time her husband began his ministry at White Rock. She is survived by her daughters, Joyce Trantham Keever and husband Bobby, Kathy Trantham Schofield and husband Rev. Les Schofield and her son, Thomas J. Trantham, Jr. and wife Linda; twelve grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m. Sunday at White Rock Baptist Church with the Revs. Les Schofield, Robert Oliver and Greg Metcalf officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery where her grandsons will serve as pall bearers. Her family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue. Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to White Rock Baptist Church, 20 White Rock Church Road, Candler, NC 28715.

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  1. What wonderful memories the family has to share with one another thru the years till you see her in heaven. God bless each of you. ‘Wee’ was a special person to all of us.Love to all. The Tinsley’s

  2. What sweet memories we have of your wonderful mother no one elese like her, Ialways wanted to be like her when I grew up, but, found out that she is so special I could not even come close, she was soooo much fun and full of life. Joyce you are a wonderful daughter. I am praying for you and your family, Pat Stines

  3. What a special, special lady Wee Wee was. I will never forget the awesome memories that we shared over the years. She accepted me into the family as one of her own. She will always be the grandmother that I never had. So very thankful that Briannah had her in life. We will always love you. My thoughts and prays go out to all the family. God Bless you and comfort you during this time of sorrow…

  4. Tommy and family, we send our condolences in the loss of you mother. Our prayer is for all of your family as God has called your mom home.

  5. Joyce, I’m sorry to hear about the passing of your Mother, May God bless you and your family in your time of sorrow…..

  6. With deepest sympathy at the lost of Maralie. I know shes a peace with our Lord and is in the presence of Tom and Jesus our Savor.
    Jim and Carla

  7. To Tommy & the entire family: We are holding each of you in our thoughts and prayers. May God be with each of you. She was always very friendly and a lot of fun. She will be missed but what a glorious homecoming she experienced!!

  8. We are sorry for your loss We enjoyed knowing Wee for the short time David and Steffini lived in Asheville She will be missed.

  9. Joyce, I am so sorry to hear about the death of your mother. She was such a special person. I always enjoyed seeing you and her at Dr B’s office. She was always so happy. You two had a special relationship, it was easy to see.
    It is such a hard loss when you lose your mother. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  10. Kathy and Family,
    I just found out about Wee. I am so sorry. She was a very special person. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
    Love ~ Miriam

  11. Dear Joyce & Family,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. May the wonderful memories you have get you through.

    I did not know your Mom but if she is anything like you, Joyce, she must have been a fantastic person.

    With Love,

  12. Dear Joyce and Bobby Joe,
    I am so sorry for your loss.
    She was such a wonderful person.
    She wasn’t only your Mom but your
    best friend.
    God Bless you both,
    Terry and Dawn Kile


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