Shirley Henson Kinman

shirley kinman

April 29, 1942 ~ January 13, 2023

Born in: Walhalla, SC
Resided in: Candler, NC

Shirley Henson Kinman, 80, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, January 13, 2023.

A native of Walhalla, SC, Shirley was the youngest of 11 children to the late Jesse Lane and Beulah Estelle Nix Henson. In addition to her parents and five of her siblings, she was preceded in death by her husband, James H. (Jim) Kinman, and foster parents J.D. and Lillie Parker, Jr.

Mrs. Kinman was a longtime and active member of Bent Creek Baptist Church. After graduating beauty college, she enjoyed a career at Winners Salon, in Asheville. She later became a full-time homemaker, raising her sons. Years later she was employed by Vanderbilt Shirt Co. as their receptionist, a job she truly enjoyed.

She is survived by her sons, Scott McDowell (Soli) and Philip McDowell (Stephanie); grandchildren, Anna and Jordan McDowell; sisters, Margie, Maureen, Jean, Ann; brother, Jack (Georgia); sister-in-law and best friend, Doris Case; and her sweetheart, Charlie Drake.

Her family will receive friends beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. The funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. Pastor Kelvin Moseley will officiate. Interment will then take place at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to the staffs at Mission Hospital, CarePartners Hospice and Carolina Mountain Pharmacy.


Visitation: January 17, 2023 1:00 pm - July 18, 2024 2:00 pm

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


Funeral Service: January 17, 2023 2:00 pm

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


Burial: January 17, 2023 3:00 pm

Forest Lawn Memorial Park
1498 Sand Hill Road
Candler, NC 28715


View current weather.

Memories Timeline


  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Scott , Soli and family. A mother holds her children’s hands for a short time but she holds their hearts forever .

  2. Shirley was one of the sweetest ladies I’ve ever known. She treated my just like one of her own boys. Scott and Phil, I remember how y’all always treated her like the princess she was. She’s an angel now.

  3. My thoughts and prayers for Philip, Scott and the family. Shirley was one of the kindest neighbors. I will miss her sweet smile and our conversations. She always shared her love of Jesus Christ.

  4. My sincere condolences to Scott & Phil & families in the passing of their mother, Shirley. She was a very sweet & friendly friend from back in the Bent Creek days who will be missed.

  5. Phil, Scott, Family and Friends: We are so sad to hear of Shirley’s passing. She was like sunshine, and we will miss seeing her sweet smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time, and hope you find peace in the coming days. All our love to you.

  6. Phil, Your work family sends lots of love your way and we know your heart is broken. Please know we are here for you and your family.

  7. Praying for the family at this time. Shirley was the sweetest neighbor always a smile on her face. Loved the Lord and her family .We will miss her.

  8. We are deeply sorry about the passing of your mother. Our prayers are with you Scott, and family. May your mother’s soul rest in peace.

  9. A very touching and loving memory to your mother, Shirley. Her smile looks like it would light up a room. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Scott and your family members.

  10. Scott, we send you our deepest condolences during this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  11. So very sorry for your loss!! I worked with Shirley at Vanderbilt. She was such a sweet lady. Prayers for the family! ❤️🙏❤️

  12. Prayers for your family. I met Shirley at the pool in Candler and spent many hours and stories with her. She was a very sweet lady and will be missed…

Sign the Guestbook, Light a Candle

Accessibility Tools