September 26, 1952 ~ January 13, 2018

Born in: Morgantown, WV,
Resided in: Arden, North Carolina

Pamela Kay Sizemore, 65, of Arden, passed away peacefully on the morning of Saturday, January 13, 2018 at her home. Pam very gracefully and courageously lost her battle with ALS after three years. A native of Morgantown, West Virginia, Pam was the daughter of the late Carl Leo and Lucille Barber Roberts. Pam is survived by her her husband, Hugh Rich Sizemore Jr. and daughter Kathryn Richelle Sizemore; brother Michael (Mike) Roberts and sister-in-law Margaret Roberts of Morgantown, West Virginia. She was preceded in death by brother James Roberts. Pam is also survived by many close friends and family with niece Amy Roberts Kitzmiller of Morgantown being especially dear to her heart. Pam attended the University of West Virginia where she received a master's of Education. She retired from Buncombe County Schools after working 30 years as a teacher, director, and transition specialist. Pam spent the majority of her 30 years working with special needs students who were so dear to her. For eight years, she served as the assistant director of the Progressive Education Program where she was able to work with special needs students on a daily basis. Pam spent her last seven years in Buncombe County teaching elementary physical education at several schools in the county. During this time she was able to share her love of dance with her students. Pam was a lifetime member of Dance Masters of America and spent many years teaching dance at the Fletcher School of Dance. Pam began her coaching career at Cane Creek Middle School where she coached volleyball for three years. She then transitioned to T.C. Roberson where she was given the opportunity to serve as an assistant coach for five years. Pam had a deep love for her Fletcher United Methodist Church family. The time she spent with the Victory Sunday School class and the Memorial Handbell Choir were special times for her and created great memories. The family owes a deep sense of gratitude to the Wake Forest ALS clinic and to all of the doctors, nurses, and staff who touched Pam’s life. Over the past two years, she became very close to and developed deep friendships with many of these people. She would want to thank them for all the love and support they provided throughout her battle with this disease. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at Fletcher United Methodist Church and will be followed by the burial at 2:00 pm at Calvary Churchyard. The family will be receiving friends at Calvary Episcopal Church immediately following the burial. In lieu of flowers, Pam’s family asks that memorials be made to the ALS Association of North Carolina to help us find a cure for this disease. Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.

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  1. I am sorry for the loss of Pam. We met when we were three years old, at Virginia’s School of Dance. We were friends for more than 60 years. She will be lovingly remembered.

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  2. Such a beautiful Family..heaven got a true angel..loved watching Pam dance with everyone at family Christmas party.

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  3. Love to your entire family and coach Sizemore you mean the Work to
    Me and my family! I pray for peace and comfort as you grieve
    Your wife and best friend.

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  4. Rich and Kathryn you both are in our thoughts and prayers. Take it slow and know that your faith will get you through this very challenging time.

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  5. Coach Sizemore prayers of comfort and peace during this most difficult time. Your family will be in my nightly prayers. Love and peace to you.
    Lloyd Brockwell
    Belinda Brockwell

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  6. Rich and Kathryn,
    My heart and spirit are so very sad. You have been have been such a wonderful, supportive and loving husband, Rich. God bless and comfort you both.

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  7. Coach, so very sorry for your lose. You and Kathryn will be in my prayers for comfort and help to get through this very difficult time. God Bless you both!

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  8. Rich, I know how difficult these past months have been for you and Kathryn. You have been – and will continue to be – in our thoughts and prayers. Pam is with the angels now.

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  9. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve the loss of Pam. May you be consoled by many happy memories of this beautiful lady and by knowing God’s love for you.
    Rose and Craig Bridgeman

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  10. I have such wonderful memories of working with Pam at PEP. Kathryn, my heart goes out to you. Praying for peace and comfort for you and your dad during this difficult time.

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  11. Rich,

    I am so saddened by this news. May God comfort and bless you in this difficult time. If you need anything at all, let me know. Praying for you.

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  12. Rich and Kathryn, Our hearts goes out to both of you. Please know that both of you are in our thoughts and prayers. Tommy and Jessie Koontz

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  13. A very full large crown was just placed in heaven. Our family was blessed to know this lovely lady! Her shining example has left such a positive image. She will be missed by so many. Have faith she is now healthy. Our thoughts and prayers are for God to heal your sorrow and keep her legacy strong.

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  14. Sympathies to Pam’s family on the loss of their beloved wife, mother and sister. May she rest peacefully as she has transition to her new role as your Guardian

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  15. Rich and Kathryn, I know words will never fix the broken heart you have now from Pam’s passing. Pam was always a ray of sunshine to all that were lucky enough to cross paths with her in some way. She was a person so giving to everyone in her career and personal life touching so many people through the years. She fought her illness daily with her beautiful smile on her face. Pam was a champion of love on earth, and now a picture of grace in Heaven. I hope you feel some comfort in knowing how much we all admired Pam in the way she lived her life for others, her family, and above all Jesus her savior.

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  16. We are so sorry for your loss. Cherish the love and memories you created and peace be with you and Kathryn moving forward.

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  17. Kelly and I send our prayers up for the family. Pam was a very special lady who enriched many lives at PEP where we spent 10 years. Our loss is heavens gain. She is pain free and with her savior. We have our wonderful memories!

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  18. I didn’t know her very long but what a beautiful smile she had! I am so sorry for your loss! I was one of the many volunteers at Park Ridge who watched her come thru our front doors and we will miss her. Yolanda Nedwed

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  19. We are so sorry for your loss! What a beautiful lady. May the warmth of God’s love surround all of her family. Our love to each of you.

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  20. Pam was a wonderful woman. Her kindness,sweetness and patience got me through many days at school. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  21. Pam was my instructor & friend. Her kind & gentle presence will be dearly missed. My heartfelt condolences & prayers of comfort to all.

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  22. Dear richie
    I am so sorry about pam she was a dear friend and a sweet lady she will be missed I had tears when I found out she passed. Prayers are with u I know this is a difficult time for u u were so good to her.
    Your friend
    Alex fischer

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  23. Dear Richie and Kathryn,
    My thoughts and prayers go out to you both. Pam was such a special person and a big influence in my life as a physical educator. Her sweet smile and endless patience helped me so much as she mentored me when I first started teaching elementary Physical Education. She even persuaded me to use dance in my classes even though I definitely had two left feet. I will never forget the conferences and workshops we attended together. God bless you !

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  24. Rich,

    At the risk of sounding stupid, ‘My heart hurts for you and Kathryn.’ I have various fond memories of you and Pam. I thought I’d share 2 with you that may bring you comfort and fondness. I remember when you and Pam were attempting to have a child. You commented that ‘while you love your wife, this pregnancy process is about to become work.’ I also remember when you turned down your ‘dream’ job offer because you had met and fallen in love with Pam. When you have time, send a short reply and we can catch up on the past 20+ years.

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  25. Coach Sizemore, You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God’s peace be with you during this difficult time.

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  26. Rich and Kathryn,
    My thoughts are with you.
    Pam gave so much to her dance students (not to mention her many other students!) and she was loved and appreciated by the students, parents, and
    everyone at Fletcher School of Dance.
    A truly great lady and inspiration.

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  27. Kathryn and Coach Sizemore:

    Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Lenoir-Rhyne Track & Field/Cross Country

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  28. Rich and family, WeI are very sorry to learn of Pam’s passing. May you be given strength and grace and comfort. Paul and Helen Cianca

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  29. Rich & Family
    Sanford & I are very sorry for you loss. Ours prayers and thoughts are with
    you. We know that God will be with you during this difficult time.

    Sanford & Alice Lewis

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  30. You will be forever in my heart Aunt Pam. I love you more than there are words..
    Till we meet again, cant wait to dance in heaven on those golden streets with you!!

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  31. Richie and Family, My heart goes out to you all. I really enjoyed meeting Pam. She was such a sweet lady. GOD has gained another angel.

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  32. Coach and Kathryn, we certainly hope you know how precious and dear Pam was to our whole family. I know for a fact she is smiling and dancing in Heaven right now. We will continue to pray for you and Kathryn. You know we are just across the field if you ever need anything at all.

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  33. Pam, as I recall, came to our Morgantown High School Band dance-line aid, the summer of 1976. She brought a new level of creativity, technical discipline and execution, and a uniform look and lifestyle to our dancers (Mohiganettes and Majorettes). She worked very closely with MLR to bring our band and dancers into a single, cohesive, disciplined unit. And we needed her skills.

    Sadly, in the years we lived in Asheville, I didn’t know she was so close by, in neighboring Arden.

    God bless her, and her family, as they struggle with her loss. ❤️

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  34. Coach Sizemore, I am sorry to hear of your loss. You were my tennis and wellness instructor at AB Tech. I enjoyed you and your stories of your family. My thoughts and prayers with you and family.

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