June 9, 1921 ~ August 24, 2009

Born in: Madison Co.,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Neil Culbertson, 88, of Asheville, died on Monday, August 24, 2009, with his family by his side. Born on June 9, 1921 in Madison Co., Mr. Culbertson was a son of the late D.H. and Bessie Lusk Culbertson. He was also preceded in death by his granddaughter, Cindy Culbertson; sisters, Georgia Ramsey, Maude Strom, Margaret Sales, and Jo Price; and brothers, Harry and Paul Culbertson. Mr. Culbertson was a U.S. Navy veteran serving in WWII on the U.S.S Shelby in the Pacific. He was an active member of Abernethy United Methodist Church since 1953. He was a member of UMM, Houts Fellowship Class, and was Head Usher for a number of years. He was a "sweet milk man," employed by Sealtest Dairies, and retired as manager of Coble Dairy in 1981. Mr. Culbertson is survived by his wife of 65 years, Clara Styles Culbertson; son, Neil Wallace "Wally" Culbertson, Jr., and wife Mary; daughter, Martha Tyner and husband Harrison; brother, Billy Gray Culbertson and wife Waco, of Hot Springs; and sister, Ruth C. Higdon and husband John, of Asheville. Also surviving Grandaddy are his five precious grandchildren, Greg Culbertson and wife Cathy, Hill Culbertson, Kinsley Culbertson, Christopher Tyner, and Carol Tyner; and great-granddaughter, Tayler Rae Culbertson. A funeral service for Mr. Culbertson will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Abernethy United Methodist Church with the Rev. Anthony R. Sayer officiating. Interment will follow at Pisgah View Memorial Park. His family will receive friends from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting his family. Memorials may be made to Abernethy United Methodist Church, 1418 Patton Ave., Asheville, NC 28806, or to Memory Care, 100 Far Horizons Lane, Asheville, NC 28803.

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  1. Wally and Culbertson Family,

    So sorry to learn of the death of your Dad. I remember fondly the good times we had in school together as well as scouts in Troop 3.

    Our fathers have been friends as we have. I am sorry we have sort of lost touch with each other.

    Please know that others care and share in your loss. You will find comfort in your family, friends and your faith in God and in the knowledge that you will see your father again.

    Take care my friend.

  2. Dear family, I am so sorry for your loss. May god comfort you and keep you during this time.

    I will always remember when my wife Lisa and I would see Neil at our Styles family reunions and he would walk up to us and say ‘Jimmy, that isn’t the gal I saw you with the other day’. Well the first time he did that you should have seen Lisa’s and my face. After that it didn’t take long for Lisa to figure out that Neil was the jokester in the bunch and came to Love Neil like I did. Precious memories.Family, We Love you and are praying for you. ‘God’s Peace’ Jimmy

  3. Clara, Wally & Martha: I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your sweet Neil. I can’t tell you of the times I’ve thought of your enduring friendship with my family. Neil will always be remembered for the twinkle in his eye and his kindness. You all are in our hearts and prayers – bless all of you.

    Earl and Karol Henson Black and family

  4. Dear Clara and family,
    We here at Dr Duncan’s office wanted you to know how sorry we were to hear about Mr.Culbertson. He was a sweet gentle soul and we were proud to have had him in our practice. Please know that you and your family are in our prayers.With love in Christ

  5. Aunt Clara, Martha and Wally, I was saddened to hear about Uncle Neil. He was always my favorite Uncle. Even more so, he and Dad were great friends who went through a lot together. While its not easy losing a husband or a parent, its comforting to know he’s in a better place. My Dad said in a letter he wrote us about his funeral wishes: ‘Don’t let my death worry you as I have had a good life-I have done most of the things I wanted to do and don’t have a lot of regrets. Someone has said that it is as natural to die as it is to be born and a lot less traumatic’.

    I know Neil is in heaven playing a prank on Aunt Kate as we speak. He was a good man who will be missed! I’m sorry I can’t be there tomorrow, but I will keep all of you in our prayers.

    Phil and Mary Wyatt Bowers

  6. mrs. culbertson and family, we were saddened to hear of mr.culbertson’s death. i will always remember talking with him and helping him shovel out your driveway after the blizzard of 1993! we also enjoyed seeing him and chatting with him in our pharmacy. we are thinking of you during this time….love, bill and mike and staff of nature’s pharmacy and compounding center.

  7. Claire and Family

    We are very sorry to hear of the passing of Neil. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of need.
    George Wright & Family

  8. Dear Clara, Martha & Wally, I was so sad to hear of My Buddy’s passing. If I could have hand picked Grandparents, It would have been you and Neil. Neil was my Buddy at Daystay. I will never forget all the laughs he brought to everyone. He always looked forward to that extra scoop of Ice cream. He is one of the sweetest people I have ever met!! And it was my pleasure to have gotten to know him and the whole Culberson Family. You are in our prayers during this difficult time and always. Love You All, Karan & Scott Hall & Beth

  9. The Culbertson Family,
    I am so sorry to learn about the loss of Mr. Culbertson. You all are in my thoughts and prayers during this time of sorrow. Mr. Culbertson was a wonderful man and will be missed by anyone who knew him.

  10. Mrs. Culbertson, Martha, and Wally I wish to extend our deepest sympathy from my family to yours. From my early years I always remembered Neil as a great mentor. He taught me several great points which I use in business today and life. To look people in the eye and give your honest opinion. But most of all to do the job the way you would want it done. Now that he has done that on earth. May he rest peacefully in Heaven.

  11. Clara,
    We are so sorry to hear of Neil’s passing. We didn’t know about it in time to get to the funeral. If you need anything, please don’t hesitate to call us.

    Beverly and Reuben Caldwell

  12. Greg, Wally, Mrs. Culbertson & Family,

    We are sorry to hear of the loss of Mr. Culbertson. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family durring this time.

    Lucas & Kelly Sorrells & Family

  13. Clara and family, I am so sorry to hear of Neil’s passing. Please accept my condolences. He was a very warm and compassionate human being. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  14. Dear Culbertson Family:
    Please accept my condolences on Neil’s passing. Although it has been several years since I saw Neil, he was someone I thought of often. I always enjoyed being with Neil and have great respect for him.


  15. Wally and all the Culbertson family.
    Our deepest sympathies to you and your family on the loss of Mr. Culbertson. Even though I can only remember meeting him once or twice, he impressed me as being quite a fine gentleman. Rebecca and Andy Anderson and all the Anderson clan and employees send you our condolences.

  16. I am so sorry to hear of Neil’s passing. The worldhas lost someone very special. Clara,you are in my prayers. I will never the friendship that you and Neil shared with my parents and the good times that you all enjoyed.
    God bless you and your family at this time.


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