Warren Wilson Deaver

warren deaver

May 3, 1936 ~ August 31, 2021

Born in: McColl, SC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Warren Wilson Deaver, 85, passed away on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at the Laurels of GreenTree Ridge.

He was born on May 3, 1936, in McColl, SC, to the late Houston and Mae Deaver. Mr. Deaver was also preceded in death by his brother, Houston J. Deaver.

He was a graduate of McColl High School and played all sports during his time there. After graduation, he enrolled at Western Carolina College where he began pursuing a degree and playing football. He joined the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Myers and had the opportunity to play service football. After serving a tour in Greenland, Warren returned to Western Carolina College and earned a degree.

Warren retired as manager of American General Finance Co. where he worked for 30 years. After retirement, he volunteered at St. Joseph’s Hospital for a brief time and later worked for Boost Transportation and the Crowne Plaza Hotel, both as a driver and golf course ranger. He was also a member of West Asheville Baptist Church.

Mr. Deaver is survived by his wife of 59 years, Gay Stewart Deaver; brother, Lamont Deaver (Mary), of Ocean Isle Beach, NC; and several nieces and nephews.

Due to COVID conditions, no memorial service will be held at this time. There will be a private Celebration of Life held at a later date at Valleytown Cemetery, Andrews, NC.

His family would like to give special thanks to the staffs of Laurels of GreenTree Ridge and Four Seasons Hospice for the excellent care and compassion they gave to Mr. Deaver.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the West Asheville Baptist Church Building Fund, 926 Haywood Rd., Asheville, NC 28806, or to the Asheville Humane Society, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville, NC 28806.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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


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  1. WD was my first mentor in the finance business 43 years ago. I admired his work ethic and treasured our friendship, especially on the tennis court. Warren never missed a month end when working at AGF, so it is fitting that he finished his work on earth on the last day of the month. He may be out of sight from us, but we know where he is now and we know we will see him again. That’s God’s Plan.
    Mike , Terri and Sara Edwards

  2. I only got to know Warren in his later years. He was always kind and friendly as a neighbor. Loved asking about our garden and what we were growing. Wish I could have made him some zucchini bread this year. We loved seeing him walk Lexi and he always stopped to pet our dog even after she was gone.
    We will never forget yelling hi over the fence and asking if we were too loud. He would laugh and say he couldnt hear anyways.
    A wonderful neighbor and friend. He was strong headed until the end.
    Grateful he was our neighbor! We love you Gay and we are happy to help 💓

  3. Dear Mr. Warren Deaver,
    Ron & I never got the pleasure & honor to meet you however we share a special place to your heart, 513 A 2nd Ave…your presence is all around there for us! For 40 years the beach house was in your/ family’s loving care & upkeep. We love it dearly. Thank you for having chosen Ron & I to continue the tradition to have folks & friends over there to bring & see their joy in North Myrtle Beach. What a treasure. Your lovely wife Gay we correspond with & your dear brother Lamont & Mary too. Such fine folks.
    You have lived your life, fought your battles & now Rest In Peace with no pain or suffering with Our Lord. May we meet one day! God Bless you & your wonderful family 💖🙏🙏
    Pam & Ron Person

  4. So very sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Deaver. I always enjoyed seeing him and Mrs. Deaver in church. He will be missed but thanks to Jesus we will see him again. God bless and comfort his wife and family.

  5. My beloved uncle Warren. He is finally at peace in God’s loving arms. Prayers for his quick passage and for Aunt Gay right now.
    Love Andy

  6. Dear Gay,
    Everyone will miss Warren. He was one of the friendliest people we have ever met.
    Love on Christ,
    Thom and Marsha

  7. So sorry Warren has passed. I enjoyed chatting with him about our favorite writer — Clive Cussler. Cussler too, has passed, but his son took up the mantle, and I know Warren thought he did a pretty good job of taking over for his dad. I preordered one of his books to be released in November in the hopes of surprising Warren with it. It will break my heart when it is delivered. My deepest condolences to Warren’s family and friends.

  8. So sorry Gay we are praying for you. We really liked Warren and enjoyed his time with us. God Blessings you

  9. Mrs. Deaver, I am so sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Sending lots of love.

  10. Dear Gay: so many good memories of our many years of friendship with you and Warren. Our many years together in church and Sunday school. My most treasured memories of Warren are the many days we worked together in our church handyman ministry doing home repairs, building home access ramps and other odd jobs for elderly church members. I will miss his smile and greeting every Sunday morning. I know that warren is with the Lord and we will see him again.

  11. My Dear Uncle Warren has passed. He (and Aunt Gay) were always a part of my life over the years. Whether it was communing over yet another Thanksgiving feast, or just talking about his golf game, or even his latest beloved “Cadillac” he was always interested, supportive and engaging with his “extended” family. He will be greatly missed.

    Love, Mark Deaver

  12. Warren and Gay used to visit my aunt, Gladys Ward. Warren and Gladys had the same birthday and celebrated together. Warren was a kind man. He will be missed.

  13. Saddened, but Joyous at the same time concerning Warren’s passing. What a Happy time he is now having with our Lord. Rejoice and know that we will all see him again sooner than later. Praying for you Gay.

  14. Dear Gay, I was saddened to learn of Warren’s passing in the Asheville newspaper. I remember him well from WCU and also in Waynesville. You and I taught together at Waynesville Junior High School. We had some good times together. I hope all is well with you. I want you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. Dwight “Rabbit” passed away three years ago. You never get over the loneliness, but we manage to move forward. Blessings, dear friend.

  15. Dear Gay,
    I was saddened to learn of Warren’s passing. I remember him well from WCU and Waynesville. I hope you remember me from our years as teaching buddies at WJHS. Dwight (Rabbit) passed away 3 years ago. Thus I know what an adjustment you will have to make. My prayers are with you at this time.

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