Robert Wayne Pipes

robert pipes

August 1, 1932 ~ October 13, 2021

Born in: Cherokee Co., NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Robert Wayne Pipes, 89, of Asheville, passed away Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

Born August 1, 1932 in Cherokee Co., NC, Robert was the son of the late WC and Emma Kate Pipes. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, AnnaBelle Elliott and Katherine Deal, and by his brothers, Edward and Eugene Pipes.

Robert served his country from 1951-1955 in the US Navy, on board the USS Logan.

He worked for the US Postal Service, starting out in mobile transportation, then to clerk, supervisor, accountant, and finally retiring as Post Master in 1987.

Mr. Pipes was a loving husband, best daddy, Papaw and dad-in-law.

Surviving are his loving wife of 61 years, Inez Pipes; sons, David Pipes of Murphy, NC, James Pipes and wife Carla of Burnsville, NC, and Charles Pipes and wife Shirley of Leicester, NC; daughter, Andrea Ferguson of Leicester, NC; sisters, Lou Deyton and Janet Parker; brothers, Ben and Jack Pipes; and grandchildren, Lauren Pipes, MaryKate Ferguson, Maddy Ferguson, and Riley Ferguson.

Private family services will be held at the Western Carolina State Veteran’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The WNC Bridge Foundation, in memory of Robert “Wayne” Pipes, 294 Overlook Rd., Asheville, NC 28803.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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


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  1. Our Condolences to all of the family in the passing of a kind wonderful man. Wayne was always a delight to be with over many years of friendship. Our prayers for all & especially Inez

  2. Inez,
    We are so sorry to hear this news.and we are praying for you and your family.
    Thom and Marsha

  3. Randy keyes. So many foundational memories. I love the family. My heart is broken for Inez. My all time best friend James. My thoughts and deepest prayers are with you.

  4. Inez and family, we were very saddened to learn of Wayne’s passing. He was truly a wonderful man. We pray that God’s presence be near to comfort and sustain all of you during the days and months ahead. Love, Jerry and Dianne Griffith

  5. So sorry for your loss. What a blessing to know we will see our loved ones again one day! God’s comfort for all of you. Richard and Judy Ward

  6. Inez and family, So sorry for your loss but happy for Wayne. He was always one of my favorite fellow employee to have worked with at the Post Office. He was well respected by those who knew him. Our prayers are with you all. Bruce & Donna

  7. Inez so sorry to hear about Wayne, but happy that we enjoyed many years of walking together at the mall. Praying for you and the family during this difficult time. Pete & Mary Helen

  8. Well, Wayne has finally made it. He is with our Lord today. What a Great Man Wayne was. He was a man of few words, but very willing and helpful when I needed anything. You have all been great neighbors for my family over this what, 60 years now. Though it is hard to see a loved one go, how soothing refreshing and calming it is to know that he is now with the Lord waiting on the rest of you to arrive. Surely he has gotten up with my Dad by now. Wayne will be missed, but oh how he feels today. Love you Guys

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