November 15, 1929 ~ February 3, 2022
Born in: Pittsburgh, PA
Resided in: Hendersonville, NC
The Reverend Donald R. Furniss, 92, passed away Thursday, February 3, 3022, at Life Care of Hendersonville.
Rev. Furniss was born November 15, 1929, in Pittsburgh, PA, to the late Robb K. and Helen Arthurs Furniss, and was also preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth H. Furniss, who died October 18, 2021.
He received his education at the University of Pittsburgh and Nyack College in Nyack, NY. He did post graduate work at Easton Seminary in Philadelphia, PA and was ordained in 1955. He and his wife, Elizabeth, served as missionaries in Cambodia from 1956 – 1965, and he pastored churches in Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey before they moved to Asheville in 1980. He served as pastor of the First Alliance Church from 1980 to 1993, and in retirement he was a chaplain with the Asheville Police Department and at Memorial Mission Hospital.
He is survived by his daughter, Beth Ellen Nelson and her husband, Eric, and two grandchildren, Michael Nelson and his fiancée, Rachel Williams, and Connie Nelson.
A memorial service will be at 12:00 noon Saturday, February 12, in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian, 72 Long Shoals Road, Arden.
Inurnment will follow at Green Hills Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Alliance Church, 1821 Windsor Drive, Hendersonville, NC 28791.
Green Hills Cemetery
25 New Leicester Hwy.
Asheville, NC 28806