March 17, 1960 ~ February 11, 2020

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

Michael Jessie Elliott, 59, passed away on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at Mission Hospital.

Mr. Elliott served eight years in the U.S. Navy Seabee Battalion; he was the Ingles Corporate Training Director for 30 years and most recently the office manager of J-Car Transmission.

Surviving are his wife, Regina Elliott; daughter, Adrienne Carter and her husband Joseph Kyle Carter, of Fletcher; two sisters, Joy Elliott, of Virginia and Shirlene Maines, of Texas; and his two grandbabies, Emma Marie Carter and Deacon Michael Carter.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 21, 2020, in the chapel of the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 20, in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, 9045 Beale St. Building 11, Room 118, Bethesda, MD 20889.

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road is assisting the family with arrangements.


Memorial Service: February 21, 2020 2:00 pm

Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery
962 Old US Hwy 70
Black Mountain, NC 28711


Visitation: February 20, 2020 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road
856 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805


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  1. Mike had such a great sense of humor always talking about how he loved his family. He will be missed dearly! Our prayers are with Adrienne and the family. Rest In Peace our friend.

  2. I’ll always remeber the hard time he gave me about this is my space and this is your space in the office at our Grand Openings. Im so sorry for your loss he was a great man

  3. From Ingles to Bowling, to those scrambled wrestling pay-per views back in the 90’s, those are the things I’m going to always miss. Schmuck, that was what you would so lovingly refer to me as when I was giving you a hard time about sports or politics and nobody will call me that the way you did. Mike you will never know how much your friendship meant to my Dad over the years. There’s no telling what kind of havoc you guys are creating up there as we speak. Gina, Adrienne, “Pete” aka Joe, you will never know what you guys have meant to us over the last 30 years. Our Saturday breakfast will never be the same but when the times right we will continue it again as they would want us too. Mom and I are there for you and love you.

  4. So so sad. Mike was such a nice and funny man. Always loved his way of teaching in those trainings when I worked at Ingles here in Forsyth, Ga. Its been years since I’ve had the pleasure of sitting in his class at a yearly corporate training but never have I forgotten the things he taught me about managing a store and more importantly, how to treat people. God bless his family.

  5. Love you Mike, you are missed. Blessings on your family always but especially during this time of loss. We were all touched by your life.

  6. Gosh ….what can I say. I sure wasn’t prepared for this. Gina and Adrienne we can cry on each other’s shoulders but do they know what a double whammy they’ve done? Lol! They just had to find a way to get together to try to figure out what’s going on with Carolina! I can just hear them both saying “ Ladies , you have to be strong!”

    Gina & Adrienne please forgive me if you don’t see me but it’s too soon for me. I will be hugging y’all from here and giving you my love and support .
    2020 sure hasn’t started out well.
    Chris and I have 2 great men to honor & Love the rest of our lives, and you better believe we will . Love to the family.💔

  7. I worked with Mike many years at Ingles office. He was always smiling and happy. He had a great upbeat attitude and loved everyone. He will be missed. Rest in peace my friend, and enjoy your reward in Heaven. Prayers for all the family.

  8. Adrienne and Gina, lots of love and prayers for you both along with the rest of the family. For Mike, thanks for always being my friend, making me laugh when times were tough and always having my back. You were an awesome family man and friend! I will miss you my friend as I know your family will as well ♥️

  9. “His Singing Only Paused”

    O, comforter eventide,
    our Michael of the ages,
    of eternal springs,
    has passed through the
    earthly veil of sorrow,
    his singing only paused-
    as the Lord of angels
    touched his silent lips,
    and the evening stars,
    guided him in reaching
    God’s throne room
    of love-light, of unbounded
    singing, forevermore.

    We love you Daddy & Paw-Paw
    In Loving Memory of
    Michael Jessie Elliott

  10. From the very first time I met Mike – he always said Kent was his brother so I was his sister. I got to enjoy the tales of their close friendship thru the stories told – and It truly was fun to listen. He was a very loving, caring, giving man who put his girls – Gina and Adrienne up on a pedestal so high. Ladies you will never understand the admiration he had for you both. Joe – you were the light in the lives of his daughter and grandbabies …. such admiration for you as well. And oh those grandbabies – no words can describe the love he had for them. It was so wonderful to see the way he looked at them and the smile showed his love.

    You all are in our constant thoughts and prayers. Trust that Mike is looking down from above with such a great smile on his face …. to be able to watch over you all … to protect you from above will be his daily mission until you meet again.

    We LOVE you all – wish we could be there but we will see you as soon as we can. Great big hugs … and always replay the memories – they will be of comfort to you all! Love y’all

  11. I will be thinking of you guys in this sad time. I have lots of good memories of working with Mike. I am sorry for your loss, he will be missed.

  12. Mike was our youth minister at Calvary Baptist church. Such a sweet man. He will be missed. Dear Family, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  13. Mike was a youth minister at my church, Calvary Baptist. He was a sweet man and could really sing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

  14. what a wonderful friend and fellow worker from 1988 thru 1993 at Ingles Offices and will miss him dearly. He is one of the nicest men I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and working with-God Bless you and your family Mike.

  15. In Black Mountain Veterans Cemetery
    Row upon row, rhythm of white marble,
    my beloved crossed the twilight bridge of stars,
    just when the crocus blooms rose through the snow,
    the mourning moon weeps pearl light upon his repose,
    Death has no rule,
    no conquering of our cherish,
    separation’s sting only passing,
    his kisses still bless my lips,
    as, one day, my breath will no longer draw,
    then, O God, You’ll reunite us once more.


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