July 7, 1934 ~ February 11, 2020

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Mary C. Byerly, 85, of 174 South Wildflower Rd., Woodland Hills, passed away Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at the CarePartners Solace Center.

Born in Asheville, Mrs. Byerly was a daughter of the late Ernest and Lucille Clemons Candler. Mary was a 1953 graduate of Sand Hill High School. She had volunteered at both St. Joseph Hospital and as a Pre-release and After Care Counselor. She faithfully attended Trinity Baptist Church prior to her illness.

Her family includes her husband of 65 years, James R. Byerly; son, Michael Byerly and his wife Jackie; two grandsons, Justin Byerly and his wife Danielle, and Grant Byerly and his wife Amanda; two great-granddaughters, Vayda and Nola; three step great-grandchildren; niece, Patricia Gulley (Jerry); and nephew, Tommy Candler.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Revs. Allen Rash and Donnie Walker officiating. Burial will follow at Ashelawn Gardens.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Trinity Baptist Church Building Fund, 216 Shelburne Rd., Asheville, NC 28806.

Services

Visitation: February 14, 2020 1:00 pm

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

(828)252-3535
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Funeral Service: February 14, 2020 2:00 pm

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

(828)252-3535
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Burial: February 14, 2020 3:00 pm

Ashelawn Gardens of Memory
901 Aiken Road
Asheville, NC 28804

828-645-6915

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  1. What wonderful, sweet memories of this special lady for me and all of our family. Jim, you will be in our prayers as you experience this loss – 65 years of being together in marriage is a “lifetime” of love, memories, taking care of each other, touching others in service and honoring God. What a blessing your life together has been. We love you dearly and pray for you and Mike and the family during this time. Much much love, Brenda and Mark Carlson

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  2. What a gal when I was in prison she came to me…. when I was hungry she fed me. Afterwards she befriended me, never let me down. She kept all of my prison letters and when I was 50 years old she gave them to my wife and my family. never questioned her Love …. Mike Pinkston

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  3. We remember Mrs. Byerly as one of the most friendly and welcoming people during our time at Merrimon and Woodland Hills Baptist. Our hearts reach out to you during this sad time.

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  4. Mike , Jackie , Justin and Grant ,
    We are so sorry for your loss. We will keep you and all your family in our thoughts and prayers.

    Kim , Pam DeBruhl

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  5. Jim, Mike & Jackie
    I remember Mary so fondly from my days at Merrimon Avenue in the late 70’s and early 80’s. I will never forget this beautiful family. My condolences to you in your earthly loss but your wife and mother has graduated to the Church Victorious. May God richly bless you and comfort you during this time.
    Curran Welch
    Lake Junaluska, NC

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