February 23, 1949 ~ September 9, 2018

Born in: Wintersville, OH,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Paul Andrew Vernarsky of Asheville, age 69, passed away at his home September 9, 2018. Paul was born in Wintersville, Ohio, February 23, 1949. He graduated from Wintersville High School in 1967 and lived in Steubenville, Ohio until he enrolled at Warren Wilson College, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree. After college, he taught history one year at St. Genevieve-Gibbons Hall. On June 5, 1972, he began working as a stockbroker with J. Nathan McCarley & Company in Asheville, North Carolina. Although the brokerage firm experienced six company changes, Paul did not change jobs himself, but continued to build his forty-six- year career and became Senior Vice President of Investments, Certified Financial Planner with Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC. Paul was known for his yellow ties, his intellect, his quick wit, his love of golf, his loyalty, and, above all, his generosity. Paul is survived by Paige C. Vernarsky, wife, of Asheville, NC; Jill Vernarsky Passmore, daughter, of Ocean Isle Beach, NC; Jerry Passmore, Jr., grandson, of Raleigh, NC; Elizabeth Passmore Fleming, granddaughter, and her husband Bradley of Batam, Indonesia; Aspen, Kenan, Asher and Halia, great grandchildren, of Batam, Indonesia; Patty Phelan, sister, of Sun Lakes, AZ; Sean Phelan and Mark Tater, nephews, of AZ; Lori Tater, niece, of AZ; Sandy Goode, sister-in-law, and husband Gerald of Ocoee, TN; their daughter Heather Goode and grandson Chandler Goins of Benton, TN; Elizabeth Lively, sister-in-law, and husband James Edward of LaFayette, GA, their daughter Tracy Broyles and granddaughter Montanna Broyles of Naples, FL; George Link, brother-in-law, and his wife Gincy of Cleveland, TN; Wesley John Link, nephew, of Cleveland, TN; Sabel Ann Hooper, niece, her husband Dale, and their children Rusty Dailey, Keith Hooper and Natalie Holder of Charleston, TN and their grandchildren; Eddie Couch, nephew, and his wife Ruth of Benton, TN and their children and grandchildren; Mary Frances Couch, sister-in-law, of Cleveland, TN; Eunice Couch, sister-in-law, of Cleveland, TN; Susie Wilson, niece, of Athens, TN; and many other family members, friends, colleagues and clients, many of whom he considered friends. Paul was preceded in death by his beloved son-in-law Jerry M. Passmore, his mother Veronica Vernarsky Bonham, his sister Jeanne Vernarsky Tater, and nephew Doug Tater. At Paul’s request, a formal service will not be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jerry M. Passmore Center PO Box 8181 Hillsborough, NC 27278. Please note “In Memory of Paul Vernarsky” on your check.

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  1. Paige and Jill,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you today and the days to come. I worked with Paul at Interstate/Johnson Lane and Wachovia Securities. He was very kind and well know for his generosity, he will be missed!

  2. Paige, Words fall short of expressing my sorrow for your loss. When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.

  3. Oh Paige and Jill I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. Praying for peace. love you

  4. It saddens me to learn of Paul’s passing. I got to know him when we worked for the financial services firm(s) in the high rise on Pack Square. He was a lovely person. He referred to me as Three Names. Our world is better for Paul being among us. My deepest sympathy to his loved ones.

  5. Paige and Jill, the whole Interstate/Wachovia/Wells family mourns with you the loss of a truly unique individual,Paul. He acted as a mentor to me and many others who entered the financial services business. He was a teacher,a coach,a sounding board and most of all a great friend. We will miss him tremendously and pray that your family finds peace in his memories.

  6. Mrs. Vernarsky, I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies and prayers are with you and your family. May God bless you all in the hard days to come.

  7. Mrs. Vernarsky I am SO SO sorry about Your husband’s passing. Please know that I am thinking of you and your family. Judy Hunt

  8. Mrs. Vernasky, I am so sorry to learn this sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time

  9. My memories of high school with Paul are all good ones. We cheered him on at many basketball games. I’m happy to read he did so well in life and love. Please accept my sincere sympathy.


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