June 16, 1914 ~ April 26, 2008

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

Margaret Belle Wilson Arrington, 93, of Asheville, died on Saturday, April 26, 2008, at St. Joseph Campus Mission Hospitals. A Buncombe Co. native, Mrs. Arrington was a daughter of the late Robert W. and Ida Elizabeth Ray Wilson. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Carroll G. Arrington, who died in 1988; daughter, Betty Arrington Banks; son, Robert Reagan Arrington; sisters, Mildred and Palma Wilson; brother, Kerman Wilson; and grandson, David Scott "Scotty" Travis. Mrs. Arrington was active just prior to her death. She loved to garden and work in her yard. She was also very active at Westwood Baptist Church, where she was a charter member. She was a member of the Senior Sunday School Class, the WMU, Training Union, the Joy Group, the Tuesday Prayer Group, and was also responsible for ordering the flowers for the church. She loved the Lord, was a friend to all, and was an inspiration to everyone who met her. Mrs. Arrington is survived by her daughter, Glenda Travis and husband David, of Arden; daughter-in-law, Mary Lou Schwarz; son-in-law, Willis K. Banks; four granddaughters, Debi Bell and husband Lee, of Asheville, Robin Devlin and husband Ernie, of Candler, Susan Watkins and husband Jim, of Greensboro, and Stacey Taylor and fiancé Christopher Ferrell, of Raleigh; four great-granddaughters, Ashley Taylor and husband Eddie, of Candler, Danielle and Sarah Devlin, of Candler, and Mary Ann Watkins, of Greensboro; three great-grandsons, Jamey Connor, of Raleigh, and Jacob and James Watkins, of Greensboro, one great-great-granddaughter, Sydney Connor, of Raleigh; and best friend, Mary Lawing. A funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Revs. Carson Moseley and Greg Metcalf officiating. Interment will follow at Clark's Chapel Cemetery, in Weaverville. Serving as pallbearers will be Lee Bell, Jamey Connor, Ernie Devlin, Chris Ferrell, Eddie Taylor, and Jim Watkins. Her family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Flowers are welcome and appreciated, or memorials may be made to Westwood Baptist Church, 150 Westwood Place, Asheville, NC 28806.

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  1. Five months is not a long time to get to know anyone but what I’ve learned about Belle I will remember for the rest of my life. We are quickly loosing the generation that produced her kind of character and toughness. I’m not sure there are enough adjectives in the English language to describe Belle but here are a few. Bell was one of the most appreciative, open, inviting, meek, humble, giving, honest, caring, committed, concerned, compassionate, considerate, engaging, encouraging, insightful, helpful, prayerful and hopeful persons I’ve ever had the pleasure to know.

    My prayer for all who knew her is that her prayer for you may be answered. She believed that God loves everyone and has a plan for their life and she always prayed for God to use her to reach others. I pray that her Christian influence will continue through each of us for many years to come.

    In His Service,

    Rev. Greg L. Metcalf

  2. Debi & Ashley
    I’m sorry to hear about your grandmother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

    Love, Sonia

  3. David and Glenda,

    Iam sorry to hear about your mother. I enjoyed meeting her on many occasions over the years.

  4. Glena I am sorry to hear about your mother’s death I know her for many years I uesed to live neighbor on Brownwood ave My daughter was used to play with you when she was very small child with Sharon Gloria and Beverly—also Mary Lawing is my sister God bless you Ruby

  5. Glenda and David,
    Our prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. May God give you comfort and bless you.
    Ernest and Evelyn


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