April 29, 1937 ~ August 19, 2007

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

Martha Lea Walker Hughes, 70, of Candler, died Sunday, August 19, 2007, at Autumn Care Nursing Home of Waynesville. Born on April 29, 1937 in Buncombe County, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Virginia Setzer Walker and was also preceded in death by a brother, Charles Walker; brother-in-law, Larry Stanberry; daughter, Virginia Tabor and grandson, Robert Harverson. She was a 1963 graduate of Memorial Mission Hospital School of Nursing and a member of Mount Moriah Wesleyan Church in Candler. Survivors include her husband, James R. Hughes; daughters, Roberta Lea Harverson and husband Douglas of Bethel and Donna Louise Cantrell and husband Donald of Weaverville; brother, William Walker and wife Joanne of Lake Alfred, FL; sister, Marie Stanberry of Hendersonville; sister-in-law, Carolyn Walker Patton of Weaverville; grandchildren, Courtney Tabor, Cassidy Harverson, James Douglas Harverson and Veronica Cantrell. Graveside services will be 2:00 pm Wednesday at Mount Moriah Wesleyan Church Cemetery with the Revs. Edsel Burgess and Matt Rampey officiating. Her family will receive friends from 7:00-8:30 pm Tuesday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue and request that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Mount Moriah Wesleyan Church, 1 Fairmont Road, Candler, NC 28715. The family would like to thank the staff of Autumn Care Nursing Home for the excellent care that was given to Mrs. Hughes.

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  1. We are sorry to hear of the passing of Martha. We wanted to let you all know that me and Shelia love you all very much and are praying for you. Take comfort in knowing that God has come through with his promise that today Martha is in a glorified body in the presence of God and the loved ones passed before. We Love You All.

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  2. A loving memory: Many, many years ago, I had to drop out of the fifth grade at Candler School (Mrs. Ray’s room) due to a serious illness. My classmate, Martha, volunteered to bring the homework assignments to me two or three times weekly and pick up the ones that I had completed. We lived not far from her down Indian Branch. She did this for several months and because of her unselfish and gracious help, I was able to successfully complete the grade that year. I will never forget her kindness to me and I’m sure there are countless true stories such as this that could be told about her. My thoughts and prayers are with her entire family.

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