December 26, 1913 ~ December 23, 1999
Resided in: Asheville, NC
Mr. Koontz was born December 26, 1913, in Asheville, and was a son of the late Ernest G. and Celestia Putnam Koontz, and Fannie Williams Koontz. He was also preceded in death by a son, Harry Eugene Koontz, a brother, Raymond Koontz, and sisters, Edna Koontz and Margaret Kirby.
He retired in 1979 after 34 years with Thomas & Howard Wholesale Grocer Co. He was an active member of West Asheville Baptist Church where he taught Sunday school, served as deacon, and held other positions of leadership.
Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Edith Vance Koontz; two sons, Charles T. “Tommy” Koontz, Sr., of Arden and Ralph Richard “Dicky” Koontz of Thomasville; a sister, Edythe Koontz Biggers of Lawton, OK; a brother, Elmer G. Koontz of Weaverville; eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 3:00 pm Sunday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. James H. Johnson and the Rev. Ken Lewis officiating. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Charles T. Koontz, Jr., Bryan Lee Koontz, Chuck Durrant, Trey McBride, Elmer Koontz, and Larry Ball.
His family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service Sunday afternoon.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the West Asheville Baptist Church Building Fund, 926 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806.