May 14, 1905 ~ April 25, 2010


Resided in: Candler, NC

Myrtle Montgomery Stiles went to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday, April 25, 2010. Mrs. Stiles would have celebrated her 105th birthday on May 14th. She was born in Culberson, NC and was a lifelong resident of Buncombe County. She was the daughter of the late Columbus and Amanda Montgomery and was also preceded in death by her husband, Harvey F. Stiles, brothers, Poley, Herman and Glenn Montgomery, sisters, Mattie Stiles and Genoa Murphy, son-in-law, Frank Johnson, and a great-great infant grandchild. Mrs. Stiles was a longtime member of West Asheville Church of God. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, gardening, and listening to gospel music. A loving mother and grandmother, she is survived by her daughters, Margaret S. Johnson and Sue S. Lovingood and husband Hayes, all of Candler; son, William Carson Stiles and wife, Doris, of Statesville; 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren, and a sister, Geneva M. Travis. Special thanks are extended to her caregiver of 14 years, Margaret Reid, and her loving family physician of 20 years, Dr. Karen Dedman. Mrs. Stiles left a legacy of Godly heritage, love and kindness to all who knew her. The funeral will be at 1:00 pm. Tuesday at West Asheville Church of God, 60 State Street, with the Revs. Frankie Tyson, Billy Stiles, and Ronald Dodson officiating. Interment will follow at Pisgah View Memorial Park. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to the West Asheville Church of God, 60 Pennsylvania Avenue, Asheville, NC 28806. Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting with the arrangements.

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  1. For some reason I had Sister Stiles on my mind this morning, in an uneasy way, and did a google search and discovered she passed away yesterday. What a lady and woman of God! She was an monumental inspiration to me and one of the sweetest women I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing…(and her daughter Margaret has followed right along in her footsteps)!! I remember her hugs. She was slender, sort of frail looking, BUT, when she hugged you, there was nothing frail about her, she gave ‘bear hugs’ that would put a large man to shame!! I know where she is today! …Jack and I share your loss, for she was a woman with a true pioneer spirit. Love to the family, especially Margaret…Lee, Beverly.

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  2. I’m so sorry to hear of Aunt Myrtle’s passing. She was a wonderful inspiration to everyone that knew her.

    -Geraldine A. Floyd (Mae Stiles Allen’s 3rd daughter)

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  3. Sue and family, I was saddened to hear of Myrtle’s passing but oh what a long life she lived! It was always a joy when I would get to do her hair.She was one of the sweetest people I had ever met. What a blessing to have had such a Godly sweet mother.Praise our Heavenly Father that we know where she is and that we will get to see her again someday. With love,Karla

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