August 25, 1932 ~ July 13, 2022

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

Melvin Thomas Baird, 89, passed away on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at the NC State Veterans Home.

A native of Buncombe Co., Melvin was a son of the late Thomas and Lillian Gragg Baird. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Charlene Putnam Baird, who died in 2010.

Mr. Baird proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force. He also served his local communities on the Hominy Valley Fire Auxiliary, the Volunteer Fire and Police Departments of Weaverville, and with Habitat for Humanity. In his spare time, he loved camping, gardening, and woodworking. He was a member of Piney Mountain United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his daughters, Karen Broyles (Mike) and Janet Rendon (Anthony); son, Thomas Baird; special friend, Kitty O’Kelley; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The graveside service will be held at Ashelawn Gardens of Memory at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Rev. Kevin Bates will officiate.

His family will receive friends from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. prior to traveling in procession to the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Veterans Restoration Quarters, c/o ABCCM, 20 Twentieth St., Asheville, NC 28806.


Visitation: July 20, 2022 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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


Graveside Service: July 20, 2022 3:30 pm

Ashelawn Gardens of Memory
901 Aiken Road
Asheville, NC 28804

(828) 645-6915

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  1. Karen , we very sorry for your loss!.Please know we are holding you in our prayers and love .

  2. She’s all the family of Melvin and especially Kitty he will always be missed but he’ll always be loved and his lot will always shine on Forever Sharon Mace

  3. Tommy, Karen, Janet (AKA George), I am so sorry to read that Melvin has passed away. I will never forget traveling with your family to California in 1963. Such wonderful memories. I always enjoyed seeing Melvin and Charlene. I loved them and each one of you. I will be praying for each of you. We can rest in the assurance of seeing them again. Heaven awaits all of us who are saved by the precious blood of Jesus Christ our blessed savior. May God comfort each of you with perfect peace. Love, Darlene

  4. Kitty, i am so sorry to see that Melvin has died. I know you were best of friends and enjoyed a lot of time together. May you somehow find sweet memories will help as you remember him each day and that you will find the void in your life fulfilled in whatever Jesus has in store for you next here on this earth. The times I met and talked to Melvin, he was very sweet and seemed to be a wonderful person. Thinking of you especially o day. May the Lord give you great comfort. Cousin Priscilla

  5. I knew Melvin as a member of the Upper Hominy Fire Department Auxiliary. He was a nice, man with a good sense of humor and he will be missed by all of us. s His family has my sincere sympathy.
    Patricia Stang Auxiliary Secretary


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