Shirley Cole Blazer

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Shirley Cole Blazer, 71, of Candler, passed away peacefully with her loving family at her side Sunday, February 25, 2007, at Memorial Campus Mission Hospitals. Her death came after a long, courageous battle against Multiple Sclerosis. A native and lifelong resident of Buncombe Co., she was the daughter of Ruby Harris Cole and the late C.B. Cole, who died in 1997. Shirley was employed by American Enka in Research & Development for 35 years prior to her disability retirement in 1984. She was also a lifelong member of Pole Creek Baptist Church. She was an inspiration and friend to all who knew her, and will be dearly missed by all. Surviving in addition to her mother are her husband of 51 years, Dave; her son, Mark and his wife Laura, of Weaverville; a very special niece, Tammy and her husband Tim Reeves and son Carson, of Candler; a brother, Howard “Buck” Cole and special friend Joyce Ann Putney, of Augusta, GA; a sister, Jean and husband Stan Robbins, of Candler; brother-in-laws, Bob and his wife Mary Blazer, of San Antonio, TX, Jack and his wife Joyce Blazer, of Candler; sister-in-laws, Nell and her husband Bernard Metcalf of Woodfin, Penny and her husband Jerry Best of Canton, Jenny and her husband Jack Penley of Leicester; special caregiver and friend, Vergie Freeman; numerous nieces, including Beth and Janet, nephews, aunts, cousins, and special friends. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the Groce Funeral Home chapel on Patton Ave. with the Rev. Danny Gasperson officiating. Burial will follow at Snow Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Tim Reeves, Mike Blazer, Josh Gasperson, Randy Burgess, Frank White, and Chris McCoy. Honorary pallbearers will be the Men’s Senior Adult Sunday School Class of Pole Creek Baptist Church. The family will receive friends 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home and at other times will be at the home. Flowers are appreciated, or memorials may be sent to the Snow Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 84 Snow Hill Church Rd., Candler, NC 28715 or Pole Creek Baptist Church Climbing Higher Fund, 96 Snow Hill Church Rd., Candler, NC 28715 or to the National M.S. Society, P.O. Box 241535, Charlotte, NC 28224.

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  1. Shirley and I went to Candler School together. She was really a well-liked person, and always had a smile for everyone. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  2. We are so sorry about Shirley’s death. She was a beautiful lady and will be missed terribly.
    You and all the family have our Love, Sympathy and Prayers.
    Judy and Ralph

  3. Mark- We are sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and know that she is at peace with the Lord.

  4. Dave and Family
    So sorry to hear of your loss.our thoughts and prayers are with you

    Bessie & James Hill

  5. Dearest family,
    It is with great sadness that I learned that Shirley had passed away. It has been a long and trying road to the end. Our Elizabeth, with MS, is now in Silver Bluff Nursing facility and middle daughter, Cindy, is now disabled with MS also.
    Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Juanita Dixon

  6. I worked with Shirley’s husband Dave for a number of years and thought a great deal of him. My sincerest condolences to Dave, their family and close friends.

    Frank Scott
    Retired Enka Nylon Plant Manager

  7. Howard – Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Shirley was a great lady.

  8. Dave & Family,

    We are very sorry for your loss. She is in heaven now and out of her wheelchair. It was very good to see you and Shirley’s sister this morning at Ingle’s. You are also in our prayers for your situation. Hang in there.

    Love, Celia & Charles

  9. Dave, Mark, Jean and family, so sorry to hear of Shirleys passing. She was a wonderful person, and loved by all who knew her. May God give you peace and comfort at this time…Selene, Ken and Dakota Waddell

  10. I am extremely sorry for your loss. I could only imagine your sorrow. I really don’t like for my bestest buddy to be sad. Take care and God will provide and help you through this.

  11. Dear Mark and Family,

    Though I haven’t lived in Candler for a very long time, I try to keep up with life in WNC as often as I can. I was saddened to see the notice of your mom’s death. All those years ago at Candler Elem. School I remember how nice she was to everyone. I will keep your family in my prayers.

    Cindi (Halyburton) Thompson

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