June 3, 1947 ~ August 24, 2004

Born in: Buncombe County,
Resided in: Candler, NC

Samuel Stephen Kiser, 57, of 137 Dogwood Road, Candler, died Tuesday, August 24, 2004, at his home. Mr. Kiser was born in Buncombe County and was a graduate of Carson-Newman College. He was a son of Emma DeNeale Kiser of Candler and the late John Ralph Kiser, Sr. He was associated for 23 years with the Eaton Corporation as a senior manufacturing engineer. He was an active member of First Baptist Church where he was a Deacon and former Sunday School teacher. He was also a choir member and was active in mission work. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 35 years Margie D. Kiser; one daughter Kimberly Kiser of Raleigh; one son, John Kiser of Candler; three sisters, Elaine Easter and her husband Ray of Candler, Sandra Johnson and her husband Joe of Candler and Pat Kirby and her husband Charles of Hendersonville; one brother Ralph Kiser and his wife Elaine of Asheville, eight nieces and nephews and three great-nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be at 4:00 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Guy Sayles, the Rev. Eddie Morgan and the Rev. Dr. Jim Wayne officiating. Friends are encouraged to join the family for a time of celebration at their home in Candler at 7:00 p.m. Thursday. For those who cannot, the family will receive friends in the chapel of First Baptist Church immediately after the service. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 5 Oak Street, Asheville, NC 28801, or to Mountain Area Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813. Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting Mr. Kiser’s family.

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  1. Sam is someone I will deeply, deeply miss. He and I worked so closely together over the last 6 years on many projects associated with the fabrication areas and software, so I had a chance to really get to know him. We even exchanged Celtic music tapes, which he and I both loved. He was such a smart Man, whom I highly respected. In truth, he was my mentor at work, offering excellent advice, support, encouragement, common sense solutions, in addition to being a true friend as well. Sam had a caring heart and a great spirit, along with being a humble Man. He loved to help those in need. It is difficult to express how deep of a loss we all feel. Sam is irreplaceable and we will never forget him and all the good things he has contributed to our Lives. Until we meet again, take good care Sam. With Love, Denise

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  2. May god be with you and your family during this testing time.

    Sam was great friend and coworker and will always be in our hearts at Eaton.

    We will miss him !!!!

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  3. My most profound sympathies, and condolences to all of the family and friends of Sam Kiser. I had the personal honor to work with Sam on many projects at Eaton. Sam always worked hard, and was very thorough on his assigned tasks. He personally helped to accomplish many of the successful projects at Eaton. More than just a great engineer, Sam was as steadfast, and as decent a man as any that I’ve known. May God bless the Kiser family. The prayers of my family are with you. Sincerely, Mike Barron

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  4. Dear Family,

    I’ve worked with Sam for 15 years. I’ve traveled with him a couple of times to other Eaton plants and got to know him a little. I learned more from him than anyone about how an Engineer should perform his/her job and how the Asheville Plant systems worked. Sam was a great resource for me and will be missed greatly both personally and from a buisness standpoint. I thank God that I knew him and will get to spend time with him again when I go home. God Bless You all, I will remember you in my prayers.

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  5. I actually never had the pleasure of meeting or working with Sam, but his wife Margie taught my first class at the Montreat College SPAS program, and I think the world of her.
    Margie, and all the family, I am praying for you all in this difficult time.
    God bless you all,
    Laresa

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  6. My heart goes out to you at this very trying time. I have worked with Sam for 25 years. This covered a lot of projects. Sam was a great team player, very knowledgeable, and very resourceful. He will be greatly missed here at Eaton.

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  7. Sam will be greatly missed by not only everyone here at Eaton that knew Him, But I’m sure, His entire family also. Sam was one of the few people that I could look to in difficult situations here at work. He was one of the very few that I could count on to make sure procedures were held to His standards, Which were always the best standards. Sam ALWAYS had the time to research our problems and come up with a solution, ALWAYS, No matter what it was. I’m sure He was that way at home also. I worked with Sam for over 20 years, Been on a bunch of trips with Him and I am greatful for that time. We worked hard, But We had a lot of fun doing it. He brought out the best in Me. He was someone that I truly looked up to. The world has lost a GREAT, GREAT Man in Sam Kiser. He will be sorely missed. God Bless.

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  8. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sam was a wonderful man, and was always a pleasure to work with. May you take comfort that he is now in God’s hands, and that he will suffer no more. Lee Ann Black

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  9. Sam will always be remembered here at Eaton . He was a brilliant engineer and I always enjoyed the projects we worked on together . He was alsways firm with his decisions but always listened to new ideas . I was a friend and mentor who admire him for his integety at wit .Again ,he will be truely missed . Mary Harwood

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  10. I SHARE YOUR GRIEF IN YOUR LOSS.I WORKED WITH SAM FOR MANY YEARS AND ALWAYS RESPECTED HIS KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITY. HE WILL BE MISSED.

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  11. My sincere condolence to the family of Sam Kiser. I have had numerous occasions to ask for Sam’s assistance at work over the past 27 years and have always found that his extensive knowledge, experience, and precise nature
    turned the most tedious challenge into a success story. I have long admired Sam’s character and integrity and will sorely miss our regular chats. Sam will be missed by all who knew him.

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  12. I was so sorry to hear of Sam’s death. It seems like ages ago that we would all see each other at the kids’ sporting and school events. He was always so mannerly and pleasant. While your hearts will be heavy, smile with your memories.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  13. In my eyes Sam was a Pioneer in Setup Reduction for the Asheville Plant. It was an Honor to work with him at Eaton. He helped show me the ropes of Eaton when I joined the company and I will miss him Greatly.
    My Condolences to you.

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  14. We are saddened in learning about the loss of Brother Sam. His friendly face, kind words, and loving personality, will be deeply missed at First Baptist Church and in our personal life. Carol and I send our prayers, thoughts, and condolences to the family at this time.

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  15. I am sorry to hear about Sam’s
    passing. It is hard to put into
    words when a loved one moves from here to the golden streets of
    heaven. Our only hope is to be able to see Sam sitting next to
    Jesus when it is our turn to go.
    God bless you Sam, and Family.

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  16. My sincere condolences in this saddest of times. I worked with Sam on numerous occasions during the last 20 years and can honestly say that he was one of the finest people that I have ever known. His dedication to excellence as well as his willingness to help in any situation will be a great loss; not only to Eaton but, to me personally. He has been my mentor, peer, and friend. I will miss him.
    Eric Hyder

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  17. I have worked around Sam for the twenty three years he has been at the plant here. It was a pleasure to have known him. Many times we do not know why things take place, nor can we feel the pain of someone as they near there last breath. The ONLY thing we can rely on is the fact that God has a plan, and that plan is and will be fullfilled. I am glad that I shared a part of life with Sam. Bob Bartow

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  18. Elaine and family, so sorry to hear of your loss, but Heaven’s gain. We serve a Great Saviour, who is able to give us comfort in our time of need. My prayers are with you, Bonnie

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  19. I will miss the company of a good friend with whom I have had the pleasure of working with for the past 20+ years. Not only was Sam one of the most intelligent people I have ever worked with but he also always impressed me with his honesty and integrity. I will miss our many conversations and the advice and encouragement he was so willing to share.

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  20. Margie, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you mourn Sam’s death. He was good all the way through, and all of us are diminished by his passing.

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  21. Sandra and Family,

    So sorry to hear of Sam’s passing. May God truly give you strength and comfort at this time as only He can.

    Love,
    Brenda Wilson

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  22. Margie, Kim and John,

    We just wanted to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We pray that God will go with you all during this sad time. I know that you will miss Sam very much, but remember that you are a real legacy he left behind.. He did his work on earth well. God Bless all of you

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  23. I applaude Sam for faithfulness and integrity. I remember when my wife and I first moved to Asheville. We visited First Baptist and Sam really encouraged us by pointing out the strengths and the weaknesses allowing us to make an informed decision. We decided to attend another part of the body, but Sam’s candor and lack of pressure helped me to appreciate body life. The great thing about Sam is that his walk at work mirrored his walk with the Lord. What a great testimony to the Spirit’s residence in his heart. We will miss him, heaven gets a gift.

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  24. Kiser Family, Please accept my sympathy and sorrow for the loss of Sam. Prayers are being said on your behalf in your mourning. As a valued co-worker, Sam was professional and set a positive example for others. He will be long remembered, and I am thankful for having been allowed to share time with him.

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  25. Dear Margie and family,
    What a wonderful man Sam is, and I say ‘is’ because he still is, just present with his Lord, now. In my mind, I will always carry his smile and his laughter and his wonderful Christian witness. My love and prayers to all of you!

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  26. I worked with Sam at Eaton for over 3 years and he was a very brillant and nice person. He will be greatly missed not only by his family but his friends and co-workers. My deepest condolences to you.

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  27. Hello Margie,
    I work at Eaton Electrical and I didn’t know Sam that well. But I do recall a time when I was collecting money for a lady who died of cancer last year that worked here also. Her name was Dale Morrison (awesome christian lady). I was making my rounds through the building and requesting for donations. Sam,I saw no different than any other person because he is just as me, created in God’s image. I told him of Dale’s sickness and that we were taking up a collection. Without any hesitation he pulled out his wallet with a donation. I admired him because I could think of the expenses he had himself. I will be praying for you and the loved ones who will miss him. Teresa

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  28. Dear Margie–I was quite saddened today to read in the Asheville paper that your husband had lost his long battle against cancer. My deepest sympathies go out to you and to all of his family members and friends.
    Sincerely yours, Jim Nicholl

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  29. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Sam was a terrific co-worker as well as a wonderful person, He will be missed and remembered.
    Steve and Barbara Walker

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  30. I know that Sam and Finley are rejoicing in Heaven today. Please know that my heart breaks along with you and also I also know that God will see us through this most difficult time of our lives. My prayers are with you and all of your family.
    Alice White

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  31. Sandra and Joe: My condolences to you in the loss of your brother/in-law. Although I did not know him, I understand and appreciate your loss. May God put his arms of infinite love and comfort around you and his family at this time and know that someday you will be reunited forever in the presence of our Savior. Mary J. vonDohlen

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  32. Margie,

    You’re in my prayers, as Sam was during his illness. Sam will be missed by many. I will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers.

    I was one of Sam’s sunday school students in the Singles Class in the early 80’s. My sister, Tia, was there as well.

    You & Sam were wonderful mentors to us, on how Christian Life should be lived. Thank you, both, for that.

    Love,
    Sonya Penley-Wieneke

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  33. To Margie and all Sam’s family;

    Although Sam and I had lost touch, we grew-up playing and working together through the high school years and I think having long-term positive effects on each others life. College and life took us in different directions, but for me our friendship and bonding remains meaningful and bridges the years and miles. Jeanne, had the pleasure of being Kimberly teacher at Candler, and knowing your family in that way.

    Although distance and commitments did not allow us to attend the services, we want you to know that we care and that you and all Sam’s family are in our prayers and thoughts.

    Dale and Jeanne McClure

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  34. Sam was a very good friend not only in high school, but again when our paths crossed at Westinghouse/Cutler-Hammer as co-workers in later years. He was a true Christian and will be missed by all. To all of Sam’s family, you are all in my prayers.

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  35. We both worked with Sam for over 20 years. He was always willing to help out with any project, and was always very positive and dedicated to solving every problem. We are better people having known him, and you will be in our prayers during your time of grief.

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  36. Just wanted to send our love and prayers to you ‘Miss Margie’ and ‘little’ Kimberly and John. Sam was such a kind and loving man who seemed to me to really bear the fruit of the Spirit. His sweet smile will be missed. Thanks for the input you and he had in my life during those growing up years. May God give you the comfort only He can give in your loss as you recognize how you are storing up your treasures in Heaven.

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  37. Kiser Family,
    Our heart and prayers are with you as you endure this loss of your esteemed husband and father! God Bless you all!

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  38. What a gift of loving memories Sam left to you all. Thank God for a life well lived, an example to all. God bless the family as they move forward secure in the knowledge that the ‘best lies ahead’ when we all get together again in heaven with Jesus.

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  39. Margie, John and Kim,

    We are both sad to hear of Sam’s passing. We wanted to send you all our love and prayers.

    John – I’m praying for you. I always remember our friendship during middle school and what a wonderful role model and father Sam was to you.

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  40. Margie, Tommy and I were so sadden to hear about the death of Sam. What a wonderful person he was!! Tommy thought so much of him and enjoyed being with him in church all those years. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Peace,ann

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  41. To Sam’s family: My thoughts are with you during this very difficult time. We will miss him here at Eaton – he was a very special man.

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  42. Margie, John, and Kim – We wanted to offer our sincerest condolences in your time of sorrow. Sam was one of the kindest, most gentle, and genuine people we’d ever met, and we were so sorry to hear of his passing. Take strength in knowing he fought hard. Please let us know if we can do anything.

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  43. Dear Margie, Kimberly and John:

    Our hearts ache for you.

    I was so moved by the memorial service for Sam. It was obvious he was a man much loved and respected. Please accept our sincere condolences and know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    ‘God is near to the brokenhearted.’ God’s peace to each of you.

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  44. To Sam’s Family ,
    I have had the great pleasure of knowing and working with Sam for more years than I can rememeber.
    Sam has always been a role model to all around him both morally and from a work ethics standpoint.
    It is shame that god would take such a wonderful man from his family and friends so early. We need more people to take Sam’s place as role models to all of us. These people are not easy to find today.
    It must be some consoliation to know that Sam had such a good influence on all around him.
    My deepest sympathy to all of his family.
    I will personally miss Sam very much.
    Gerry Osmanski

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