November 29, 1948 ~ October 27, 2019

Born in: Buncombe Co., NC
Resided in: Candler, NC

Ronnie Dean Mease “Little Buddy,” passed away on Sunday, October 27, 2019.

A native of Buncombe County, he was the son of the late Ed and Velda Warren Mease.

Mr. Mease retired in 2009 from Mission Hospital. He was a member of Rocky Face Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Crystal Dawn Mease.

Surviving are his wife, Shelia Mease; daughter, Tonya Smith (husband Andy); two grandsons, Dallas and Dawson Smith; and a brother, Gene Mease (wife Carolyn).

A memorial service for Mr. Mease will be held Sunday, November 3, at 6:00 p.m. at Rocky Face Baptist Church, 1635 Worley Cove Rd., Canton, NC 28716.

The family will receive friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Rocky Face Baptist Church Mission.


Memorial Service: November 3, 2019 6:00 pm

Rocky Face Baptist Church
1635 Worley Cove Rd.
Canton, NC 28716

Visitation: November 3, 2019 6:45 pm

Rocky Face Baptist Church
1635 Worley Cove Rd.
Canton, NC 28716

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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


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  1. Dearest Shelia and family I am so sorry to hear of Ronnie passing away. I have loved your family for many many years. Ronnie was a light everywhere he went. My prayers and love are with you all during this sad time. May God bless you and comfort you as only He can.

  2. Shelia and family I am so sorry for your loss. I will remember Ronnie as a happy, kind, person with a smile that could warm any heart, and light up every room. He will be missed.

  3. Sheila I haven’t known you and Ronnie all that long but you two have made me feel like family. I can only imagine your feeling of loss. Your on my mind so much and in my prayers. It is wonderful knowing he is perfect in every way and having a great time greeting everyone especially Jesus our father.

  4. Sheila, I am so sorry for your loss. Ronnie was such a great man. I remember him fondly from growing up at Mt. Pisgah. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Shelia, I am so surprised and sorry for your loss of Ronnie. He and I grew up and went through school together. Just a great friend and person. Always a smile on Ronnies face. God bless you and family! Prayers going out to your family. Jim Rogers

  6. Our loss was truly heaven’s gain. I cannot picture little buddy without his smile. Our family will miss him and will be continually praying for your family.

  7. Sheila and family,
    No words can express my sadness to hear of such a great great loss as you have suffered. Only too well do I understand this painful journey of recovery you each have begun. We honor your Beloved’s treasured memory. You are in our prayers.

  8. Ronnie was a light in so many ways to our family. His smile and friendly attitude is what we consider special about Rocky Face. He always made us feel welcome and loved. We love you and are here for you during this time, may you find peace and comfort knowing we will see him again one day.
    The Kuykendall’s

  9. We are so sorry for your loss. What I remember most about Ronnie : he had a beautiful smile every time I saw him. It didn’t matter if he saw me or not that smile was there. He also loved his grandsons so much.

  10. I’m so sorry Shelia. I know it must be hard.
    I pray God gives you the strength to endure this terrible pain.
    I love you cuz.

  11. Keeping all of the family in our prayers! Ronnie always had a smile on his face! Sorry for your loss. Ed and Brenda Moore. Lisa Reagan and family

  12. Sheila and family
    I have no words that will bring much comfort but I know a man who is always there with comfort and love that you cant get from anyone else.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you
    Heaven gained a wonderful man
    Love to you all

  13. Sheila and family
    I have no words that will bring much comfort but I know a man who is always there with comfort and love that you cant get from anyone else.My thoughts and prayers are with you all
    My thoughts and prayers are with you
    Heaven gained a wonderful man
    Love to you all

  14. Sheila and Tonya so sorry to hear about Ronnie. We will remember that smile he always had. Our deepest sympathy for your family!

  15. Tonya and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. The separation that death brings is difficult but Jesus took the sting of death and the penalty of death upon Himself, so we can have victory in death. May the Lord give you the peace and comfort you seek.
    Our Love in Jesus, Royce & Gwenda

  16. Sorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing. He will be missed by all that knew him as he was a great person. Always had a smile and kind word for everyone. We will see Ronnie again one day. May God bless the ones he leaves behind and may they find comfort in knowing he will be waiting to welcome them home.

  17. Sheila, Tonya and all the family Ronnie was such a wonderful man he always smiled and made others do the same our love and prayers are with all of you
    Love Rhonda and Bob McElrath

  18. I’m so sorry for your loss I loved my great uncle very much he was an amazing man always had a smile on his face everywhere he went and if you weren’t happy when you seen him you would soon have a smile on your face We love you very much and you will be missed.

  19. Love and prayers to Sheila Tonya Andy Dallas and Dawson. I love you all and my prayers is that God will carry you through until you see LITTLE BUDDY again. He was such a kind, loving spoke spoken man that we all loved.

  20. Sheila and Tonya we are so sorry for your loss. Ronnie sure was a great man with such a big smile you never saw him when he was not smiling. He will definitely be missed. We are praying for you and your family. Patty Reece and Arida Young

  21. Sheila, Tonya, and family,
    From our family to yours, our deepest sympathies, thoughts, and prayers, remembering Ronnie’s warm smile, love for our Lord, and his kindness to everyone. May you feel God’s power and presence as never before in this time of great loss!

  22. The Ronnie Mease Family. I am shocked, Ronnie always seemed so happy. For many years I have been blessed to have been friends with the Mease family. I will miss seeing Ronnie sitting on the front porch rocking and waving as I pass and also his great smile. May the Lord comfort you in your time of sorrow.

  23. Shelia, Tonya, Andy, Dallas & Dawson-

    Brad and I both are so sad to hear about Ronnie passing.

    I can’t think of a single time, he did not greet us with that big smile. He was one of the truest, sweetest, kindest person either of us have ever met.

    Sending many prayers to you all in this difficult time. He is in the arms of Jesus, and I know He has his you all in his loving arms as well.

    Love you guys,

    Brad & Sheila

  24. I’ll always remember driving by y’all’s place every day I lived across the street in coyle Smathers mobile home Park. Ronnie would always smile and wave had the honor of talking with him a few times considered him a good friend may God be with you in the family. You are in my prayers I pray for comfort for everyone. Ronnie’s in heaven with Jesus he will be missed but he’s so much better off

  25. Sheila, Tonya, Andy, Dallas and Dawson, we were so sad to hear of Ronnie’s passing. He always had a smile on his face and someone we’ll always remember fondly from NMH. We are and will continue to pray for you all during this time of loss and sadness. May our Lord give you peace, comfort and understanding for these trying days ahead. We love y’all!
    ~Jesse, Jerri, Conner and Carson Cordell

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