May 15, 1927 ~ March 4, 2008

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

William Moss Salley, Jr., 80, of the Deerfield Retirement Community, died Tuesday, March 4, 2008. A lifelong resident of Asheville, he was the son of the late Winifred Swift Salley and William Moss Salley, Sr. and was also preceded in death by a brother, Alfred N. Salley. He was a graduate of Lee Edwards High School and a 1950 graduate of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy. He joined his father at Salley's Drug Store and after his first retirement, worked at the VA Hospital Pharmacy, retiring again in 1995. He was a former member of the First Presbyterian Church in Asheville, the Biltmore Forest Country Club, the Rhododendron Royal Brigade of Guards and the Asheville Civitan Club. He enjoyed golfing and his family and friends renowned him as a lover of world travel, good bourbon and bad jokes. He is survived by a sister, Antoinette Salley Burdett of Flat Rock; a sister-in-law, Lynn Salley of Asheville; five nephews and one niece, Elizabeth and Allen M. Burdett, III of Saluda, Lee and William Moss Burdett of Tuxedo, Pamela and Douglas N. Burdett of Norfolk, VA, Jo and Robert Chandler of Asheville, Hilary and Alfred Salley of Chapel Hill and Jerry Salley of Chapel Hill. A private graveside service will be held in Calvary Episcopal Churchyard with a memorial service on Friday, March 7, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. at St. Giles Chapel at Deerfield. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Presbyterian Home for Children, 80 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain, NC 28711 or to the Deerfield Residence Fund, 1617 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC 28803.

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  1. I just this minute received notice of the death of my very good friend, Moss. I am very sad today. W. Euene Ryon

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  2. Good bourbon and bad jokes – – or perhaps bad bourbon and good jokes!
    Either way, Moss was truly a most unique individual. My Dad and Mom always enjoyed the trips they took with Moss, and I always enjoyed hearing about them – especially from Moss’ viewpoint!
    I know my Dad and Mom would share my sadness were they still with us. Perhaps the three of them are once again sharing some of those good times – – and bad jokes! Not too sure about the bourbon!
    Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for your loss. Moss will be missed.

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  3. I have just learned of the passing of my long-time friend, William Moss Salley, Jr. I last spoke with him in October 2007 and knew that he was ill but just learned of his passing. Moss will be greatly missed!

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  4. I was a friend of Moss’s father and sister Tony. I am very sorry to hear of his death. Nis father was very helpful to my family after the death of my grandfather.

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