October 7, 2020

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

Reba Greene Hamby, 88, passed away on Wednesday, October 7, 2020.
Born on January 19, 1932, in Boone, Reba was a daughter of the late Milton W., Sr. and Velma Rebecca Carroll Greene. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, W. Earl Hamby, who passed in 2010; sisters, Lois Watson and Ruby Clawson; and brother, M.W. Greene, Jr.
Mrs. Hamby attended Western Carolina and Montreat-Anderson Colleges and was a graduate of City Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, in Winston-Salem. She was also certified in Gerontology from the University of Tennessee. Professionally, she worked for the late Dr. Richard C. Nailing and Dr. Sam Walker. She then worked for the U.S. government for 32 years and retired from the VA Medical Center after 20 years as Head Nurse of the Nursing Home Care Unit. She had also served as a hospice volunteer.
Mrs. Hamby was a member of Beverly Hills Baptist Church and the Winsome Sunday School Class.
She is survived by her sons, William Richard “Rick” Hamby, and Butch Hamby and wife Holly; four grandchildren, Ethan, Preston, and Garrison Hamby and Jennifer Hamby Ingle and husband Greg; sisters, and brothers, J.B. Greene and wife Francis and George Greene and wife Marie.
Due to COVID restrictions, a private funeral service will be held with the Rev. Billy King officiating with the interment following at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, Black Mountain.
Memorials may be made to Beverly Hills Baptist Church, 777 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, NC 28805, or to the American Heart Association, Southeast Region, P.O. Box 840692 Dallas, TX 75284-0692.
Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road is assisting the family.

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  1. I worked with Reba at the VA Hospital in the NHCU, floating to her unit at times. Reba was a fine lady and ensured that our veterans received the care they deserved. It was an honor to work with Reba.

  2. Butch and Holly and family. Sorry for your loss. I hope wonderful memories fill your heart as you go through this time.

  3. I’m so glad I got to know Miss Reba! She was such a fun and sweet lady and my favorite cleaning client. Butch, Holly, Ricky and Jennifer- y’all are in my prayers.


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