Richard T. Israel

richard israel

January 27, 1932 ~ January 10, 2024

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

Richard T. Israel, 91, passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2024.

An Asheville native, Richard was the son of the late Robert Troy and Dorothy Snyder Israel. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Patricia Jenkins, and granddaughter, Christina Quinn Edney.

Mr. Israel proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force, spending a year in Korea during the Korean War. After the war, he graduated from the University of Tennessee, and following a long career working in management of various manufacturing industries, he retired as an industrial management educator from Haywood Community College. He was a member of the Mt. Hermon Masonic Lodge #118 A.F. & A.M., Asheville, and a longtime and faithful member of Fletcher United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Clara Pruett Israel; children, Joy Quinn (Carter Lally), Hope Reynolds (David), Laurie Smith (Steven), Susan Phillips (Eric), and John Israel; eight grandchildren; two great-grandsons; and sister, Betty Luther.

Mr. Israel’s family will receive friends beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 19, at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. The funeral service will immediately follow at 2:00 p.m. Pastor Randy N. Sherrill, Fletcher United Methodist Church, and Pastor Joy Moss, Skyland United Methodist Church, will officiate. The interment, with military honors, will then take place at Green Hills Cemetery.


Visitation: January 19, 2024 1:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Funeral Service: January 19, 2024 2:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Burial: January 19, 2024 3:00 pm

Green Hills Cemetery
25 New Leicester Hwy.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Joy- so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing! Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!
    Anything I can do please let me know.

    Pam Wallen

  2. Dear Clara and family,
    Bill and I were so sorry to hear about Richard. We both always enjoyed talking to him each time we saw you. We will be praying for you all during this hard time.
    Bill and Mary Dot Waddell

  3. Prayers of comfort, strength, and peace for your family in the days and months ahead. Much love to you all.

  4. I am so very sorry for the loss of your beloved husband and father! May God’s loving presence comfort you, His perfect peace restore you, and His promise of eternal life sustain you during this time of loss.

  5. We are saddened by the loss of Richard. He was a special person. Our prayers are with Clara and the family. May you feel comfort from God’s presence.

  6. Clara and family. Thinking of all of you with our prayers and Love ❤️🙏🏻

    Rest in peace Cuz !!

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