Marie Violet King Ketner

marie ketner

January 29, 1939 ~ January 26, 2022

Born in: Buncombe Co., NC
Resided in: Fairview, NC

Marie Violet King Ketner, 82, entered Heaven’s gates on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, where she was greeted by her late husband, Harold; son, Randy, and daughter, Sona.

Marie was born on January 29, 1939 to the late Fred and Lissie Turner King, and was raised in the Sandy Mush community before moving to Fairview. She was the wife of the late Harold Ketner and an amazing mother to four children: Rick, Randy, Darryl and Sona.

She worked as a caregiver for a nursing home for a time but devoted her life to being a full-time mother. As the children grew older, she became more than just a mother. She became their biggest supporter and fan at ballgames and their friend. Marie was a very strong woman; she was a cancer survivor and had a strong will to overcome the obstacles she faced in life.

Marie was a devout Christian who loved her lord and savior, Jesus Christ. She was baptized at Chestnut Grove Baptist Church with her late sister, Kathleen Worley, when they were young. She always reminisced about how cold the water was in the creek! She later on became a member of Cedar Mountain Baptist Church and loved her church family.

Mom was a temporary angel sent from God to show us what love was. Our hearts are broken but we look forward to the day when we can be together again.

Marie is survived by two sons, Ricky Lee Newman and Darryl Dewayne Newman, both of Fairview; brother, Wayne King, of Leicester; sister, Gail Moore (Max), of Leicester; daughters-in-law, Begona Newman, of Fairview, Lisa Wells Newman, of Charlotte, and son-in-law, Eric Fortna, of Fairview; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A private service will be held at Fairview Baptist Church with the Pastors Jimmy Page and Todd Royal officiating.

Inurnment will take place at Cane Creek Cemetery at a later date.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Private Service:

Fairview Baptist Church
Church Road
Fairview, NC 28730


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  1. I am so sorry for your loss. She was an amazing women and friend. May God wrap His arms around the entire family

  2. I share in your sorrow. My condolences to the family along with my love that surrounds each of you. Your Mom was always warm and gracious. She will be missed. Her love for her family and friends will continue to live in many hearts. My thoughts are with you. Love Danny ‘Brown’


  4. Gail we are so sorry. We are lifting you and Max and the family up to our Lord. We are thankful that Marie is with our Lord now.
    Eddie, Laura, Wylma Jean, and Tammy

  5. Rick & Eric,
    I will remember your mom at my Mass on Sunday. I’m so grateful for the love in her and the love she brought forth in you and all of us.
    Father Morris Boyd

  6. I am so sorry for your loss, she was an absolute sweetheart, I will miss her coming in the office and cutting up with us. Mary CMA

  7. This lady was a sweet person. She was funny caring and giving! Will miss her dearly! Prayers to the family!

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