September 24, 1935 ~ November 18, 2018

Born in: Union County, NC,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Rev. Nelson Walden, 83, of Asheville, passed away Sunday, November 18, 2018. Rev. Walden was a native of Union County, NC. He was a teacher, principal, and college professor at Montreat College. He served as pastor at the Assembly of God in Murphy, NC, and also served as a missionary, taking many missionary trips to India. He served as a minister at the Western Carolina Rescue Mission, and was a member of Crossroads Church in Asheville, where he taught Bible study. Most of all, Rev. Walden loved the word of God and was a Bible teacher. Rev. Walden was the owner and operator of Richardsons Appliance and Paint in Black Mountain. Surviving are his wife, Mary Starnes Walden; children, Tonia Walden, Eric Walden (Carol), Greg Walden, and Gil Walden (Sheila); grandchildren, Cory (Sarah) Walden, Shannon (Francis) Faamausili, and Aaron and Andrew Walden; great-granddaughter, Ava; and a sister, Kay Walden Lathan. Funeral services for Rev. Walden will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 24, at Crossroads Church, with Rev. Dr. J. Michael Brown and Rev. Wade Zachary officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be held on Sunday, November 25, at 3:00 p.m. at Prospect United Methodist Church Cemetery in Monroe, NC. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads Church, 20 S. Bear Creek Rd., Asheville, NC 28806, or to the Western Carolina Rescue Mission, PO Box 909, Asheville, NC 28802. Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family.

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  1. Goodbye, Nelson. Thank you for your godliness and for the permanent mark you left on my life. I admire you. I know Jesus is overjoyed to have you with him and vice versa.

    Love,
    Erin

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  2. I, too, am so thankful for you and your family. I cherish the memories I have of knowing you and spending time with you all, whether in your store or at your home, or at my parents’ home. I’m sure there has been much rejoicing in heaven having one of its dear saints finally home.
    Mary and family, I am praying for you and your aching hearts at such a great loss here on earth. Mary, I’m so glad we got to see you and Nelson in January at my grandfather’s party. I will cherish the memory of getting to sit with Nelson to catch up and share more about my own family. He was a precious man and I know you are thankful to have had him here with you as long as you did. Thank God for the eternity we will spend together in Heaven, worshiping God.

    Bless you all,
    Gwendolyn (Lovejoy) Mattern

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  3. Mary and famiiy,
    We just learned of Nelson’s home-going tonight. So sorry for your loss. Praying for God’s peace and love to surround each of you.

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  4. So sorry to hear about Mr. Walden. We had the best time being neighbors and most of all having Christmas at the house and reading from the bible. My daughter loved Mr. Walden he was so kind. Rest in peace.

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  5. Please Nelson, Rest In peace. I am a first cousin Arthur F. Walden, I live
    in Walterboro, South Carolina. Did not hear about your passing until a
    couple of days ago. Solon Walden was mu father.

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