Naomi Holland Spears

naomi spears

December 21, 1938 ~ August 8, 2021

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

Naomi Holland Spears, 82, passed away on August 8, 2021.

Born on December 21, 1938, Naomi was the daughter of the late Haskell “Blondie” and Kate Taylor Holland.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Harry Glenn Spears, daughter Robin Spears Brooks and son-in-law, Tommy, grandchildren, Bryan Brooks, Emily Thomas (Matt), Tyler Derreberry, and Katie Derreberry, and great-grandson, Avery Derreberry. She is also the mother to the late Wren Spears Derreberry. She was also blessed with many close friends who were more like grandchildren.

Naomi was a longtime member of Reeves Chapel United Methodist Church. She attended Lee H. Edwards High School where she was a tumbler with the marching band. She has always enjoyed all forms of dance which she quickly pulled Harry into. Together they joined the Circle 8 Square Dance group where they met lots of great friends.

They spent many years at their weekend home at Lake James where they learned to water ski and began competing. Naomi was 3rd in the nation in her age group for three years. She was even inducted into the N.C. Water Skiing Hall of Fame. She and Harry traveled to Hawaii, Europe and out west, and have cruised the Caribbean twice.

The family will receive friends and family from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 11:00 a.m. on Friday. Pastor Dianne Johnston and Rev. Jim Odum will officiate. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.


Visitation: August 12, 2021 6:00 pm - June 21, 2024 8:00 pm

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


Funeral Service: August 13, 2021 11:00 am

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


Burial: August 13, 2021 12:00 pm

Forest Lawn Memorial Park
1498 Sand Hill Road
Candler, NC 28715


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  1. Jim and Nancy Garrison

    Harry, our hearts are broken for you. You are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.
    We love you.

  2. Naomi was a great woman, she will be missed. Prayers and thoughts to the whole family from the Marion Hagarty’s

  3. So sorry for the loss of Naomi. We remember her fondly from days spent at McDowell Wildlife Club.

  4. Dear Robin,
    So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Be assured that Jan and I will continue to keep you and your family in our hearts and prayers.
    Love from our family to yours…
    Deacon Mike, Jan, & family

  5. So sorry for your loss. Fond memories. Part of the McDowell Wildlife family. Thinking of the family and hope for peace during this time of grief.

  6. ❤❤ Naomi I’m so glad I got to be a part of your life starting in the summer of 1974. All of us that skied together , are absolutely some of the best times of my life! I remember talking to you and Harry about starting to ski with us, and you making the comment then I’m too old to do that! No you weren’t and no Harry wasn’t and I’m so glad I got to spend those weekends with you guys out on the water! We had some wonderful times at the lake. And you went on skiing your heart out , just threw yourself in that sport and became Awesome. Someone for me to look up to. Until we meet again it’s bye for now! Love Tanya and Jerry Gosnell

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