Sara Lou Wright Hiles

sara hiles

January 26, 1939 ~ June 27, 2024

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

Sara Lou Wright Hiles, 85, died on Thursday, June 27, 2024, at her home.

She was born in Candler on January 26, 1939, and was the daughter of the late Forrest and Ida Morgan Wright. She was also proceeded in death by her husband, Joe Hiles; her son, John Hiles; and her brother and sister-in-law, Dale and Mary Ann Wright.

She attended Candler Elementary and High School and was in the second graduating class of Enka High School in 1957. She graduated in 1961 from Women’s College of UNC (now UNCG) with a degree in Primary Education. She taught first grade in Charlotte, second grade at Candler Elementary, kindergarten at Arden Presbyterian Church and kindergarten for 25 years at Valley Hill/Atkinson Elementary in Henderson County.

Sara was a long-time member of Fletcher United Methodist Church where she enjoyed being a member of the hand bell choir, the Altar Guild, the United Methodist Women and the Victory Sunday School Class.

She is survived by her daughters, Kara Hiles of Asheville, and Krista Kimmel (Dan) of Hampstead, NC; and grandsons Drew Kimmel, of Washington, and Brad Kimmel, of Colorado.

The memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 6, at Fletcher United Methodist Church with Pastor Randy N. Sherrill officiating. The service will be livestreamed and archived on the church’s website, Following the service, a reception will be held in the fellowship hall where the family will greet guests. Everyone in attendance is invited to wear bright colors in memory of Sara!

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Fletcher United Methodist Church, 50 Library Rd., Fletcher, NC 28732.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family.


Memorial Service: July 6, 2024 11:00 am

Fletcher United Methodist Church
50 Library Road
Fletcher, NC 28730


Reception: July 6, 2024 12:00 pm

Fletcher United Methodist Church
50 Library Road
Fletcher, NC 28730


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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


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  1. My thoughts and prayers are with the family of one of the sweetest, kindest women I have ever known. She was a wonderful, greatly loved teacher.

    • Sara was a wonderful friend for many years. She and my late hubby graduated in the same class at Enka High School. Alvin and I were on the staff of Fletcher UMC for a season and Sara and Joe were loving, supportive, and faithful members there. I know she loved the Lord with all her heart. Sara was always so good to “keep in touch” and I am sure going to miss her. To her family: you will have many sweet memories to keep you in the days ahead. His Love, Priscilla Morgan

  2. Sara was a very special lady. I am privileged to have called her my friend.. My prayers go with the family in this sad time.

  3. Prayers to the Hiles family. Sara was always so helpful when my girls were small and she was a wonderful lady. Joe and Sara were always so sweet to me and my family. She will be greatly missed.

  4. Krista and Kara, We just want to let you know how sorry we are for the loss of your mom and our friend. We have many great memories from the first time we met her as Nicole’s teacher and the years of friendship that grew from that. The trips to the Outer Banks and the time spent together, either helping fix something on the house or your dad’s boat. She will always have a place left empty in our hearts. We know that she is forever happy in Heaven now.
    Love, Billy, Carole and Nicole McClure

  5. Sara and I have worked and played together for over 40 years. We have laughed together and cried together. We have rejoiced when our grandchildren were born and told each other all the wonderful stories about them. Sara
    is one of the most beautiful people I know—inside and out. You girls are so blessed to have had her for your mother. Today the world is a sadder place without her and heaven is a happier place!🌹🌸❤️

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