September 6, 1930 ~ May 20, 2019

Born in: Buncombe County, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Verlon Eugene Rash, 88, passed away Monday, May 20, 2019, at his home.

A native of Buncombe County, he was the son of the late Carris Eugene and Addie Foster Rash. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Parham Rash; a son, Ronald Verlon Rash; and siblings, Tommy, LG, LeeMar, Naomi, Calvin, Dois, Juby, Ruth and Roger.

Mr. Rash worked for 33 years at Burlington Industries, and while there he established Rash’s Used Cars where he bought and refurbished wrecked cars. His work was his hobby which he loved and became a very successful business for 50 years. He liked cars, new, old and fast, and of course NASCAR.

He was a member of Victory Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby Bailey Rash; two daughters, Sandra Buckner (Kenny) and Susan Johnson (Andy); step-son Glenn Hensley; granddaughters, Caroline Johnston (Kenneth), Haley Stamey (Chad) and Courtney Green (Andy); and great-grandchildren, Kenzi Johnston and Bentley and Brynn Stamey and Josie Green.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Revs. Larry Sprinkle and Allen Rash officiating. Graveside services will follow at New Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery conducted by Pastor Mark Chase.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

A special thanks to Melissa Clark from Hospice who showed my husband and our daddy that special loving care.

Memorials may be made to Victory Baptist Church Food Program.


Funeral Service: May 24, 2019 2:00 pm

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


Visitation: May 24, 2019 1:00 pm

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



New Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery
Olivette Road
Asheville, NC 28804


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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


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  1. Yesterday afternoon we lost a great man. He was the best Papaw and Dad to all of us. He loved his kids, grandkids, and great grand kids so much.

    Papaw was a gentle soul with plenty of fire. He loved cars and had an expensive taste for cars. He also would never go to Hardee’s without a coupon. We all know how he felt about politics and elections.

    It was very unexpected that yesterday would be his last day with us. Friday he was kicking ball with my kids. Saturday he was out looking for a faster side by side to ride in the woods and Sunday he enjoyed a trip to the farmers market.

    We will all miss this sweet man so much. Please keep Ruby in your prayers as she learns how to live without him. Keep Mom and Sue in your prayers as they learn to live without their Daddy. Keep the rest of us in your prayers as well.

    I’m sure he’s already burning the tires off a fast car in heaven.

  2. Sandra and family,
    Jack and I are so very sorry to hear of Verlon’s passing. We keep you all in our thoughts in the coming days and weeks and will send lots of love your way.

  3. Sandra
    So very sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.
    With much love & sympathy
    Gail & Ron Rhymer
    Lexington, SC

  4. Ruby, Sandra, & Susan and all the family. We are greatly saddened to hear of your loss. We are going to miss Verlon very much. The memories of the good times we had and trips we took together will always be with us. I am sorry we can’t be with you but my driving is limited now. But we will keep you in our prayers and our hearts.

  5. Ruby, Sandra, Sue. So sorry that this has happened. He was a good husband, Daddy, Grandfather , and friend to a lot of people. We love you all very much and please know that you are all in our hearts and definitely in our prayers.

  6. Ruby and family, sorry to hear of Verlon’s passing. He was a good man and I will never forget our beach trip many years ago. Love and prayers to all.

  7. Sandra I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love Sara

  8. Dear Susan and Family:

    I remember my Mom speaking of your Dad at Burlington. What a legacy he has left here. I am so sorry to learn of his passing. May God bless you with His Love and Peace during this time. Heaven continues to get sweeter all the time. Isaiah 40:31… Love and prayers, Debbie and Carlos Ford

  9. We are so very sorry Sandra for the loss of your Dad….. You and your entire Family will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time ……

  10. Ruby, Sandra and Susan, I was so sorry to hear about “Uncle” Verlon’s passing. I got big kick out of teasing him. He’d always have big grin for me and a twinkle in his eye. I believe he’d start laughing before I ever got in the door. I miss my Uncle LG so much I adopted “Uncle” Verlon. He was last link to Uncle LG, who was like a father to me. I will miss him and I thank him everyday for helping me.
    As always,
    I am yours truly, with much love to you
    ( my mom was a sister to my Aunt Nola, whom I also call mother. As my moma has passed)

  11. We are so sorry for your loss. Praying GOD will give you comfort as only he can give.Neighbor and family of Susie Runion.

  12. Sandra & Kenny, we’re so sorry for you loss. It’s not easy loosing someone special. And for you Sandra it’s even harder loosing a father. Our prayers are with you and the rest of the family.

  13. To the entire Rash Family~my deepest sympathy. May the fond memories of such an awesome man serve to comfort you in the days ahead. He was one of a kind!

  14. Dear Sandra,Kenny and family.
    Vick and I are so very sorry for your loss. We pray that God will comfort all of you. I don’t think I ever met your father (Vick may have) but he certainly raised a wonderful, kind and thoughtful daughter. So that being said I bet he was a sweetheart also! I’m sure he will be missed but forever in your hearts. God bless all of you and give you peace. Love, your friends, Vick and Elsie.

  15. Sorry to hear about Verlon,,Knew you all through Lula Rash,,I sure miss her also,she was like a second Mother to me…I am so behind getting obits as I depend on the Internet..Cherish his memories and I know you will Ruby,,they are forever..

  16. You had us from “Hello” Mr. Rash- You had such a kindness about you, and we stopped in and left with a new car. I came and paid you off in your living room- under the lamplight. We will never forget you! You were a very special man to the “Mashburn family!!” Longing to see you in Heaven-Our love to all the family♥️

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