March 14, 1936 ~ June 20, 2007

Born in: Buncombe Co.,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

William J. “Bill” Christopher, 71, of 2 Slosman Dr., Asheville, died Wednesday, June 20, 2007, at the John F. Keever Hospice Solace Center. A native of Buncombe Co., Mr. Christopher was a son of the late Herbert Thomas and Virginia Dare McFarland Christopher. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Romano Christopher, who died in 1987. He was a member of the JCs, the Kiwanis Club, the Reynolds Booster Club, the Haw Creek Volunteer Fire Dept., the Asheville-Buncombe Co. Arrow Modelers, the National Printing Association, the First Board for Hospice, the Catamount Club of WCU, was a former board member of Asheville Catholic Community School, and was a director of Shindig on the Green. He had retired from Gilbert Printing after 27 years. He also worked at Blue Ridge Printing for 4 years, and at Memorial Campus Mission Hospitals. He was a member of Snow Hill United Methodist Church. A devoted husband and loving father, Mr. Christopher is survived by his wife, Charline Kelly Tipton Christopher; daughter, Maria Maynor and husband Jeff, of Asheville; son, Paul Christopher and wife Annette, of Arden; step-daughters, Tammy Harmon and husband Ronnie, of Candler, and Toyna Treadway and husband Randy, of Paintsville, KY; sister, Susie Christopher, of Roanoke, VA; and eight grandchildren, Joseph Christopher, Rachael and Ryan Maynor, Brandon Harmon, Lauren Harmon, Ashley Harmon, and Tyler and Jake Treadway. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Rev. John D. Thompson officiating. Interment will follow at Green Hills Cemetery. His family will receive friends from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Janet Wofford, Jeremy Morgan, Kenneth Banks, John Lackey, III, Walter Ingle, and Fred Lyda. Honorary pallbearers will be the security staff of Memorial Campus Mission Hospital, and Tony Candler, Ralph Gentry, and Kenny Thorpe. Memorials may be made to the John F. Keever Hospice Solace Center, P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

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  1. Charlene and family,

    We are so sorry to hear about your loss. You are all in our prayers at this time. We can still see Bill’s smiling face at church only 2 weeks ago.

    Our Love and Prayers, Rich and

  2. Maria and family,
    I just wanted to express my sincere sympathy to you and your family. I am so sorry that you have had to deal with the loss of both of your parents at such a young age. You are in our thoughts and our prayers. We will be praying for you and the rest of the family in the days to come. I am here if you need me. We love you! Donna,Charles,Austin and Savannah


  4. Charlie & Family, We are so sorry to hear about Bill. If we can do anything for you, please let us know. With love, The girls at Mike’s Heating & Cooling

  5. Its with sadness that we read of the death of Bill. He was a good guy. His sense of humor was wonderful. We can see his smile now. Our recollections of Bill and the family go back to the days of East Asheville Youth Activities. Those days are gone, but not the memories. Thanks Bill, you will be missed tremendously!

  6. I will be at the funeral on Friday. I enjoyed Bill so much as we talked in the ED. He loved home, hard work, and the people around him. We shared about the Christmas tree farm and the changes that come with life. He always let me know he was OK…David Blackmon, Chaplain

  7. Charlene and Family,
    We are sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. You are in our prayers.
    Carla Caldwell (Marler)

  8. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved husband and father.May God comfort you in this time of sorrow.

    Sharon Moore
    Square D Receiving

  9. Bill was a person we all loved and respected. He was so nice and kind to everyone. He loved Charline and his family and little doggie so much. My prayers will be with you.

  10. We are saddened to hear of your loss but know that Bill is in such a wonderful place now free of pain. Our hearts go out to you and your family. Bill will live in everyones hearts forever.

  11. Charline,

    I will always remember working with Bill at Mission. He always had a warm smile no matter how chaotic the day became. You and your family will be in my prayers. May God give you His grace and mercy during this trying time.

  12. Maria and all of your family. We cannot truly comprehend the loss that you feel, the sadness that you must be going through. And yet, warm thoughts are reaching out in hopes that you will know the strength and comfort that this wishes you. With Sympathy and Understanding Craig, Donna and Erin

  13. Charline, we are so sorry about Bill. Ernest and he had been friends for a very long time. We pray for God to give you an extra measure of strength and grace as you grieve.

  14. Charlene,
    We are so saddened by the passing of Bill. He was a wonderful person and co-worker. He will be missed deeply by all. We will never forget his wonderful smile that he always had, no matter what.
    If we can do anything, please let us know. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  15. Paul & Maria,
    We have just learned of your dad’s death. We did not know that he had been ill. Our thoughts & prayers go out to you & all your family. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you all.
    Dennis, Diane, Katie, & Mary O’Connor

  16. Charlene & girls:

    Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers. Bill was a good man and we enjoyed having him as our neighbor. Cherish the memories. We love you.

    David and Shelly

  17. Charlene,
    As a volunteer at Mission, I chatted with Bill every week for seven years. I heard about you and your substituting and the trips you took to your get-away.
    He was such a brave, courageous man. He loved you so much. You were brave with him.
    Sincerely and with love,
    Norma Buckingham

  18. Charlene & Family
    I worked with Bill for the past 12 years at the hospital. We have shared good times and bad with all the many patients and traumas that came in our doors from day to day. Bill was a great friend and co-worker. I loved hearing stories about dance competitons and the vacations that you both had a chance to take together and the love for his children and grandchildren. I know you are greiving right now, but please remember all the good times that you shared and know that he has touched so many lives while he was here with us. I know he is trying out his wings now in heaven and he continues to watch over each of you. I also want to say that I was proud to be one of his pallbearers. It made me feel good to do one last thing for him and to make sure that his journey home was a safe one. Charlene, please let me know if I can do anything for you and your family. I will keep you and yours in my prayers. Love you-

  19. Dear Maria and extended family,
    We were so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. He seemed to be a very envolved and caring person. We will be praying for you in the coming weeks. God bless each of you.
    Love, Gil,Sheila,Aaron & Andrew Walden


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