Verna Bond McGaughey

verna mcgaughey

December 5, 1924 ~ September 26, 2023

Born in: Lawrenceburg, KY
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Verna B. McGaughey, 98, died Tuesday, September 26, 2023. Born December 5, 1924 in Kentucky, she had been a resident of Asheville since 1934. She was the daughter of the late S.T. and Russell Utterback McGaughey. Her brother, Robert S. McGaughey, and sister-in-law, Mary Todd McGaughey, also predeceased her.

She is survived by three nieces, Becky McGaughey Thomas (Ron) of Gainesville, Ga., Vicki McGaughey Tutterow (Michael) of Gainesville, Ga., and Cathy McGaughey (Diane) of Darien, Ga. She is also survived by an array of great-nephews and great-nieces: Matt Thomas (Robyn), Rusty Thomas (Mandy), Katie Thomas Swinford (Eric), Stephen Tutterow (Emilee), Madeleine Tutterow, and Molly McGaughey Houston (Andy). She also was adored as a great-great-aunt to Cole, Chase, Wyatt, Owen, Anderson, Callan and Ryan. She also will be missed by a host of devoted friends.

No services will be held. Memorials may be sent to the Asheville Humane Society, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville, NC 28806.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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


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  1. Verna was a remarkable, self-sufficient person, decades ahead of her time. She was an executive at the VA, a fabulous tennis player that led her to win championships at the Biltmore Forest Country Club (I know because I played singles against her for well over 60 years), a devoted caregiver to her parents, and a steady, levelheaded friend. A dyed-in-the-wool Democrat, she had a strong sense of what was right in her corner of the world as well as in the broader world. Sadly, failing eyesight and hearing limited Verna‘s activities in recent years, but she was the same upbeat person, mentally astute, able to walk the grounds of Given’s. I will miss her more than I can say.

    Sep 29, 2023

  2. Verna was a great friend to my mom, Kathleen, and all of the Moore family along with many others. She was the last of the fun tennis gang. She will be missed.

  3. I moved in on Riverview Drive next door to Verna in 1995. She was a wonderful lady and I truly enjoyed my time getting to know her and enjoyed wonderful conversations with her. We moved out after 5 years and I missed having her for a neighbor afterwards. I feel lucky to have made her acquaintance.
    I’m truly sorry for your family’s loss.

  4. Verna was an exceptional woman. Through the years I have visited her often and enjoyed her wry wit and her opinions with which I heartily agreed. Even though her eyesight was failing she was up-to-date on current and local events and I valued her wisdom and insights. In earlier years we played tennis together and she was a formidable opponent. She could hit a drop shot that would send me racing to the net and then lob her next shot over my head. Once I said,”Verna, I’m not going to serve to your left hand anymore so that you can hit your drop shot.”. She smiled and said, “You’ll forget!” It was always a joy to visit her and I will miss her very much.

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