October 20, 1945 ~ September 7, 2019

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

Shirley King Israel, 73, of Leicester, passed away Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the CarePartners Solace Center.

A native of Buncombe Co., Shirley was a daughter of the late Pelvin Luther King and Ruth Sams King. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles Ray Israel. Mrs. Israel most recently worked in health care for St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Surviving are her daughters, Teresa Hensley (Mike) and Lisa Edwards (Alvin); grandchildren, Ashley Lindsay (Samuel), Alvin Edwards (Shelby) and Chris Hensley (Chelsea); step-grandchildren, Brittany Jordan (Thomas) and Candice Outlaw (Chris); great-grandchildren, Temperence, Kayleigh and Aria; sisters, Susie Brown (Gerald), Ann Meadows, Barbara Buckner (Bobby) and Karen Meadows (Kenneth); brother, Harold King (Wanda); and sister-in-law, Betty Israel.

Memorial services for Mrs. Israel will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11, in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home, with Mrs. Ashley Lindsay officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Leicester VFD, PO Box 100, Leicester, NC 28748.


Visitation: September 11, 2019 5:00 pm

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


Memorial Service: September 11, 2019 6:00 pm

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


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  1. I love you so much mama and I hope you are always proud of me!! I sure was proud, grateful and honored to be able to spend these last weeks being here to help you and and take care of you!! I am so thankful that God blessed me with you as my mama, I am who I am because of you!!!❤❤❤

  2. We are so very sorry Shirley was a great person she will be greatly missed we love you all if we can help in any way please let us know love you all in our prayers always

  3. This seems like a dream. I wish it was. But God knows what he is doing. At least there is know more pain in her body. Teresa, Lisa, Susie, Ann, Barbara Jean, Karen & Harold. Grandchildren and great grandchildren & Betty. Just know I am thinking, praying and still love all of you. IF ever you should need anything I am only phone call away. I loved Shirley still have alot of memories with her & Charles. Now she can make memories like no others. Love you guys then now and forever…..

  4. Susie and Family
    So sorry to hear of the passing of your sister Shirley. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and pray that “The GOD of ALL Comfort” be close to you now and in the days to come.

  5. We just wanted you all to know that we’re so sorry we can’t be there and how much we love all of you. Your always in our hearts and prayers. With love from your cousins in Arkansas

  6. The first time I met Shirley, I said to her, “Hello, Mrs. Israel,” and she burst out laughing. She said no one called her that, but that I could call her husband “Mr. Shirley” if I wanted. I was 13 years old and a freshman at Clyde A. Erwin High School.

    That night, I went to my first football game ever, and Teresa taught me all about the game. I stayed overnight, and was astonished to wake up to see Shirley making biscuits and gravy in the morning. I had never seen anyone make gravy in the morning! I remember she told me, “You really ARE from New York, aren’t you?” I remember her laugh, and the way her eyes twinkled when she did it. I remember that she was tough, and proud, and very, very smart. I will miss you, Mrs. Israel.

  7. Teresa and Family,
    I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. I know your loss is great. Teresa, I asked for you today while I was in your office and learned of your sad news. Sorry to not see you today and especially under these circumstances. Please know you’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. I remember Shirley from the time we were kids at Leicester Elementary School, and I always liked her smile, friendliness and the twinkle in her eye. She laughed all the time. Over the years, she never lost those wonderful qualities. My condolences go out to the entire family at this sad time, but especially to the ones I know most – Teresa, Ann, Karen, and Kenneth. I pray that God has given you good memories that will comfort you.

  9. Lisa & Theresa You mom was a special lady. You was always smiling and had a special way of making you smile also. She did make the best biscuits and gravy. Loved coming and spending the night with you and waking up to your parents. They were so funny. God sure blessed you both with a wonderful family. I know you will miss her. Love you both and I am here if you need me.

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