November 11, 1945 ~ September 18, 2022

Born in: Colerain, NC
Resided in: Arden, NC

Wayne Thomas Savage, 76, of Arden went to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 18, 2022 at his home. Born on November 11, 1945 in Colerain, NC to the late Leslie and Ruth Claire Savage, Wayne was a dedicated husband and father. Patty Savage, his wife of 37 years, preceded him in death.

Wayne retired from Bell South after 40 years of service and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was an avid Atlanta Braves fan – GO BRAVES! And when football season started he spent most fall weekends with his kids, drinking beer and watching whatever game happened to be on. Wayne made friends wherever he went and never met a stranger. Optimistic, openhearted, and ready to help at a moment’s notice, his family remembers him as their “go-to” person. Handy with tools and always with a joke, even a crisis was lightened by his presence. And he had more hats than any one man needs.

A talented guy who knew how to have fun, Wayne loved to bowl and enjoyed playing pool. He was musical and played both the guitar and the piano. He built televisions and was planning to build a ukulele with his grandson. He had recently purchased the supplies to begin creating art. There was so much more for him to enjoy and his children and grandchildren will miss him every day.

He is survived by his four children; John Savage (Lisa), Laura Savage, David Savage (Natasha), and Debbie Wilbanks (Scott). He was the best grandpa to JT, Iyanna, Mayah, Luke, Griffin, Margaret, Abby, and MaryBeth.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 24 at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian in Arden. The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00am. The funeral service will begin at 11:00am.

Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hendersonville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association at www.heart.org.

Services

Funeral Service: September 24, 2022 11:00 am

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

(828)687-3530
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Visitation: September 24, 2022 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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

(828)687-3530
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Burial:

Forest Lawn Memorial Park - Hendersonville
538 Tracy Grove Road
Hendersonville, NC 28739


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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

(828)687-3530
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

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  1. Wayne, you were one of the good ones! Your connection to your family was something to be admired. We will miss you on our visits and know that we will keep cheering on your Pirates. We all loved you and will give a bunch of hugs to your family for you. Until we meet again, The Loper’s

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  2. I am very sad to hear of Wayne’s passing. I have many happy memories of Wayne, Patty and the family.
    Praying for you all xo

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  3. Prayers of comfort to all the family. Wayne was an outstanding father, husband, and grandfather.
    Dear Savage, families you were all so lucky to have him to admire and look up to. I’m so sorry for your heartbreak. He was always welcoming to myself and all friends of his children. You will be missed, Wayne!

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  4. John, Laura, David, Debbie, and Family,

    We are so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Your dad will be missed but always remembered as a great father, husband and cousin. We cherish the memories of the good times we had when our families visited in N. Carolina and Massachusetts. In recent years, your dad was a great “telephone pal,” and we enjoyed sharing information about the families. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  5. Dear Savage Family,

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Wayne was a wonderful person, and we loved visiting with him on our trips to Asheville. He was special. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love,
    Steve, Denise, Joshua, Daniel, and Thomas King

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  6. I’ll miss you Wayne Savage. You’re one of the good ones. And I hope your beloved wife, Patty, was there waiting for you when the Heavenly gates opened.

    opened

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  7. To John, Laura, David, Debbie,
    Our deepest sympathies in the passing of Wayne. The family was our neighbors on brook dr here in haw creek.. patty & Wayne were good neighbors and friends.
    Don & Susan funderud

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