February 4, 1928 ~ March 28, 2021

Resided in: Hendersonville, NC

The Reverend Harold Augustus Savell, 93, of Hendersonville, went to his eternal home with the Lord Jesus on Sunday, March 28, 2021.

A native of MS, he was the son of the late Herbert A. Savell, Sr. and Nettie S. Savell. He was also preceded in death by six brothers, one sister and one son, Harold Dean Savell.

Rev. Savell was a graduate of Mississippi College in Clinton, MS and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. After high school, he proudly served in the US Air Force.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 70 years, Willie Ruth Spencer Savell; two daughters, Brenda Savell Booth (David) of Knoxville, TN and Cindy Savell Lineback (Bobby) of Charlotte; one son, Don Savell (Robin) of Greer, SC; one daughter-in-law, Susan Savell Mahaffee (Max); eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends who will all miss his wit, wisdom and smile.

Rev. Savell served Baptist churches in MS and NC for over 55 years. He pastored Biltmore Baptist Church in Asheville for 22 years, Cowee Baptist Church in Franklin, and, following retirement, Bethel Baptist Church in Asheville.

His unshakeable belief in the power of God’s word to transform lives gave hope to all who heard his messages. He lived his faith and convictions as a truly humble servant of Jesus Christ, a prayer warrior and a faithful shepherd of his “flock”.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Calvary Episcopal Churchyard, 2480 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher, NC 28732 with Rev. Sam McLamb officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Asheville Buncombe Christian Community Ministries (ABCCM), 20 20th Street, Asheville, NC 28806.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.


Graveside Service: April 10, 2021 11:00 am

Calvary Episcopal Churchyard
Hendersonville Road
Fletcher, NC 28732

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. A true follower of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who had a strong influence on my life when I was a young man growing up with his family playing ball with Don and Dean so many years. Praying for you 🙏. Tim Israel

  2. Our hearts are saddened to hear this news. We were so fortunate to have such a Godly man to guide us through times of happiness and sorrow in our lives.Harold will be fondly remembered and truly missed. Our LOVE to Willie and all the precious family.

  3. What a great man of God. I used to see him working in his yard a lot as I drove on Overlook. My mom treasured his visits the times she was in the hospital, and our church looked forward to him joining us on Sunday nights. Welcome home. Good and faithful servant.

  4. I’m so sorry to hear of Mr. Savell’s passing. My family grew up in Biltmore Baptist with him and his family. He baptized me and he married me and my husband in 1974. My Mother,“Miss Kitty” worked side by side with him for over 20 years and he officiated over her funeral when she passed. She thought the world of him. He was a great man and will be missed.

  5. Oh, how we will miss our Harold – a wonderful brother-in-law. His love for my sister, Willie Ruth, and his children and grands, and this whole clan he married into back in the Mississippi Delta where he was born, was so very evident in his sparkling eyes, warm smile, and quick laughter. Our only comfort is in knowing he is now walking with Jesus, in arms with all his family and friends who went on before. We will see you one day.

  6. Willie Ruth, I am so overwhelmed by Rev. Savell’s death. What a dear man he is. Both you and he were so super sweet and helpful.

  7. Dear Willie Ruth and family, I am so sorry to hear of Pastor Savell’s passing. He was truly a man of God. He was there for me in some difficult times in my life, but also in the happiest of times. I loved to see him in the halls of Biltmore always with a smile and teasing. He will truly be missed, but can you just imagine the joy he is having being with our savior! You’re in my thoughts and prayers!

  8. Willie Ruth and family I am so sorry and heartbroken to hear of the passing of Pastor Savell. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you the peace, comfort and strength only He can give. May you take much comfort in knowing He is in his Heavenly home rejoicing with Jesus and you will see him again. Oh what joy he is experiencing. He was there for me and my family….. a loving and caring Pastor. He will be missed by many…..my love to you and the family.

  9. Mr. Savell, I’m a long distance cousin. I’m sorry to hear of your passing. I look forward to meeting you when I get to heaven. Until then, enjoy the indescribable glory you are experiencing these past 10 days.

  10. I was so sorry to hear from Cindy that Reverend Savell had passed. Yet I know that you take great comfort in knowing he lived a life full of great family and a life’s work that brought him and others great joy.

  11. Willie Ruth and Family,
    I just wanted to say that I was so sad to hear about Harold’s passing!! The Gates of Heaven are wide open for Harold. Louise and I have so many wonderful memories of him and the great ministry that he had in the area churches. I remember his great ministry at Biltmore Baptist and a what a great mentor that he was to me!! He had such a Wonder friendship with my brother Gayle and was a great Pastor to my Mother!! Blessings upon you and we will continue to remember you in prayer!!
    Ron and Louise Brown


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