November 14, 1927 ~ June 23, 2006

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

William B. Van Valkenburgh, 78, of 34 Emory Rd., Asheville, died Friday, June 23, 2006, at Universal Health Care Center. He was the son of the late Francis and Annie Boling Van Valkenburgh. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Wilson Van Valkenburgh. A graduate of UNC at Chapel Hill, Mr. Van Valkenburgh was scoutmaster of Troop 3 Boy Scouts America at Trinity United Methodist Church. He participated in the Order of the Arrow Tsali Lodge as an advisor and was the recipient of the Silver Beaver Award for long standing service. Mr. Van Valkenburgh was a retired pharmacist from Kenilworth Drug Store and was also a World War II veteran, serving in the United States Marine Corps. He is survived by a daughter, Sallie Naves and her husband, Jim, of Greenville, NC; a son, Doug Van Valkenburgh and his wife Dixie, of Brunswick, GA; and two grandchildren, Libby Naves and Jason Naves. A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Green Hills Cemetery with the Rev. Rodney H. Hagans, Jr., officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Buncombe County Veterans Council Memorial Team. His family will receive friends 12-1:00 p.m. Monday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Boy Scouts, Daniel Boone Council, PO Box 7627, Asheville, NC 28801, or to Four Seasons Hospice, PO Box 2395, Hendersonville, NC, 28793.

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  1. Mr. Van was a wonderful person. At 16 years old I worked in Kenilworth Drug Store. He and Mr. McGee were like second fathers. My favorite memory is the night Mr. Van and I ate a whole box of Whimans Candy.We have stayed friends over the years. I will treasures the memories.

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  2. (Doug) and family, I’m sorry to read about the passing of your (dad).
    Just letting you know you are in my thoughts.

    Randy McKinney-EHS-’73

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  3. The folks at Kenilworth Drug Store were and are family to me. I have known Mr. Van and JC since I was a small child. I visited with them just about everyday until the store closed. I was always touched by Mr. Van’s interest in my family and what was going on in my life.The world is a little less special without him. He was a great person that will be greatly missed.

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  4. Another of ‘the greatest generation’ gets to rest in peace. We’re all grateful for the powerful strength they gave us. Our thoughts are with you. Glenda Kay, Carroll, Kelly, Chad, and Patrick

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  5. Sallie and Doug,

    I was saddened to learn of your Dad’s passing. Mom and Dad had told me that his health had been declining for some time.

    I remember fondly all of the good times in Troop 3. Bill had some old movie footage of me on my first hike. I remember that our five mile hike turned into ten…seems the scoutmaster got a little lost!

    When I was Chief of Tsali Lodge and your Dad was Lodge Adviser, we enjoyed many good times together. I remember how proud he was of our OA Team, the Wednesday night ceremonies at Camp Daniel Boone, etc.

    I am a far better man today because of having known and been associated with such a great leader.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you as you prepare to say goodbye…good and faithful servant.

    Fondly,

    Daren Hutchison

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  6. Bill was one of my late husbands best friends in high school at Lee Edwards. Conley spoke of him often. I knew him as my druggist at Kenilworth Drug Store. He was such a wonderful person.

    With deepest sympathy to his family.

    Margie Britt

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  7. Dear Doug and Sally,
    Carla and I always remember your Dad with great affection. He was a great teacher and mentor to me both personally and professionally.

    With sincere Sympathy
    Bill Horton

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  8. DEAR SALLY & DOUG, HARVEY & I ARE BOTH PHARMACISTS AND WE ENJOYED KNOWING YOUR DAD FOR MANY YEARS. HE WAS ALWAYS SO CHEERFUL AND FRIENDLY.
    IF YOU ASKED HIM HOW HE WAS, HE WOULD SAY: IF I WAS ANY BETTER I’D HAVE TO CALL THE DOCTOR. WE ALWAYS ENJOYED VISITING WITH NELL AND BILL AFTER THEY RETIRED. MY MAIDEN NAME IS SHARPE AND I GREW UP GOING TO KENILWORTH DRUG STORE, AND WORKED THERE FOR A SHORT ROTATION WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL. HARVEY AND I LIVE WITH MY PARENTS GENE AND SHIRLEY SHARPE AND WE ALL SEND OUR LOVE AND CONDOLANCES. i’M SORRY I HAD TO WORK TODAY AND COULD NOT COME TO THE FUNERAL.

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  9. Dear Sally & Doug, I was so sad to read about the death of your sweet dad. He kept in touch with my Mama through the years, and she was always glad to hear from him. I remember him fondly. When I would go to Kenilworth Pharmacy, we would always catch each other up on families. My Mama died on February 5, 2006 at Universal Health Care. If I had known he was there, I would have gone to see him, as I still go by to see Mama’s roommate. She has become family over the last three years.
    I was remembering us playing together in your grandmother’s back yard. The years have gone by too fast!
    Please know that you both are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Marsha

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  10. I knew Bill as a great Pharmacist, a good patient, and a friend. Please accept my sympathy to those he leaves.

    Sincerely, Ted Hill (M.D.)

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  11. We went to school at the same time.
    The last time I saw him was at the funeral of Bill Harrison. He was one of my favorite people.

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  12. A Great Man! A Mentor to many, a friend, a true supporter and advisor!

    And more than all else, A man of God!

    Bill meant a lot to me and showed me the way to go in Scouting many times, my thoughts and prayers to his family.

    In Scouting,

    Tom Atkinson
    Tsali Lodge 138

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  13. Bill was a great friend and customer. The friendship he extended to me, along with the professional and personal advice he gave me when we met some twenty-two years ago has impacted and influenced my life and career in many ways. I will always cherish the regular chats we had at Kenilworth Drug Store.

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