Wanda Gillis Self

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May 7, 1942 ~ April 29, 2023

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Wanda Gillis Self, 80, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday April 29th surrounded by family and loved ones.

A native of Buncombe County, Ms. Self was a daughter of the late Joseph Grady Gillis and Edna Wyatt Gillis. She was preceded in death by her brothers, James Gillis, Carroll Gillis, and Clarence Gillis. Survivors include her daughter Selena Raper and her husband, Curtis Raper; two grandchildren, Cailyn Raper and Caleb Raper; one brother Ralph Gillis; five sisters, Edith Silver, Alva Hensley, Linda Sutton, Helen White, Kay Gillis, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm Wednesday, May 3rd at South Asheville Baptist Church with Reverend Norris Wright officiating. Interment will immediately follow at Green Hills Cemetery.

Wanda was a lifelong member of South Asheville Baptist Church and a devoted mother and grandmother. She was an incredible lady who loved our Lord and strived to demonstrate love and laughter to all throughout her life. Her infectious smile and kind words touched many lives. She was loved and will be missed by all.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Wanda’s honor to South Asheville Baptist Church.

Groce Funeral Home’s Lake Julian team is assisting the family.


Funeral Service: May 3, 2023 1:00 pm

South Asheville Baptist Church
32 Le-An-Hurst Road
Asheville, NC 28803

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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


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  1. I loved my Aunt Wanda, she was like a second mother to me. I’m still in shock that she is gone from us… I’m certain she is having a wonderful reunion in heaven with everyone! She will certainly be missed and I will look forward to the day that we are re-united in heaven.

  2. We will will miss her encouraging words and smile. She loved Jesus and her chuch and all her family so much.

  3. Our hearts are so sad to hear of Ms. Wanda’s passing. We always loved to see her, and we will miss her sweet smile. We are thinking of your family, and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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