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Obituary Joseph M. Lalley 8/6/2019  
Joseph (Joe) M. Lalley Jr of Asheville, North Carolina passed away Friday night, August 2, 2019 at Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Center. He was 93. He was a husband, father, caregiver, volunteer as well an educator and mentor to many in the Asheville community.
Joe was born in Baltimore, Maryland on November 1, 1925 to Joseph M. and Spalding Parker Lalley, the first of six children. He became part of the "Greatest Generation", serving as a radio operator-gunner in an air-sea rescue squadron in the Philippines during the latter stages of World War II. He spent six months in Japan where he came to appreciate another side of the Filipino and Japanese people. The experiences had a profound impact on him. He later authored a book in retirement, Search and Rescue, recounting some of those stories. After earning an honorable discharge from the US Army in 1946, Joe retuned to Loyola College in Baltimore to complete a Bachelor of Arts. He also undertook graduate work in philosophy and history at Georgetown University. He held a master's degree in educational administration from the University of North Carolina.
In 1950, Joe was invited to interview with the Headmaster of Gibbons Hall School for Boys in Asheville. It was a career move that would forever change his life. Early on in his tenure, he met his first wife, the former Edith Féliu. They were the parents of four children - Joe (Plymouth, MA), Anne (Asheville), Philip (deceased), and Bob (Silver Springs, MD). Edith Lalley died in 1995.
He continued as assistant headmaster at Gibbons Hall, teaching math and coaching virtually every sport. He became headmaster in 1960. Later in 1969, Joe became headmaster of three divisions of the St. Genevieve campus - Gibbons Hall, the St. Genevieve Academy, and the Girls' Prep. Under his leadership, the schools underwent significant changes as the Academy closed in 1971 and St. Genevieve/Gibbons Hall opened as an independent, non-sectarian, coeducational day school for students in kindergarten through the ninth grade. Those who were part of the merged school family throughout its existence recognize that Joe' s dedicated and unflagging commitment to the school was critical. Without his intense faith, unstinting energy, and perseverance to maintain high standards, Saint Genevieve/Gibbons Hall (SG/GH) would not have survived. He drove busses, built retaining walls, and assisted with renovations in addition to carrying out the infinite responsibilities of a teacher and headmaster; his school year was a 12-month assignment; his workdays began before dawn and ran long after dark. Not only did SG/GH survive - it excelled. It contributed to the strengths of Asheville's educational community. He often stated "Strong private schools make for good public schools. In the long run, good private schools raise the level of educational expectations within a community and offer a choice to parents and students."
The SG/GH Class of 1979 dedicated its yearbook to Mr. Lalley, noting "his sustained efforts in behalf of our school, the algebra hotline, his long work week, 'Rodger Dodger, you old Codger…,' wearing his heart on his sleeve, his 'pearls of wisdom' and other anecdotes, and his numerous activities on behalf of young people."
Mr. Lalley resigned as Headmaster at the end of the 1983-84 academic year on the advice of his doctor. The following fall he joined the faculty of The Asheville School, where he taught mathematics, coached the school's golf team, and managed the school's reaccreditation efforts until his retirement in 1994.
Recognizing his long and superior service to independent education in North Carolina, Governor James Hunt awarded Mr. Lalley the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in May 1984. Simultaneously, Asheville School honored him by presenting its highest distinction, the Award of Merit.
Joe was always active in the Asheville community and North Carolina as well. Early in his career, he was Camp Director of the Jewish Community Center Day Camp and later Camp Deer Lake. During his 60+ years in Asheville, Mr. Lalley served as president of the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools; a member of the Education Advisory Council of the Diocese of Raleigh; chairman of the St. Joan of Arc Confraternity Christian Doctrine Board; and a member of the administrative board for the CCD School of Religion. In addition, he has filled terms as president of the Buncombe County Association for Retarded Citizens and of the Mental Retardation Association of North Carolina. He served several terms as a Board member of the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities as well as of Family and Friends Association of the WNC Center, for which he also served as president.
Joe moved to the Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community in 2000 where he rekindled on old friendship with Nancy T. Lippard. They married in 2005. Nancy is still affectionately referred to as "Bonus Mom" by the family. He continued to serve his neighbors and the Asheville community in retirement. He was a counselor for ABCCM, a board member for Project READ, a tutorial program for those on intensive probation, and a driver for Meals-on-Wheels. He also pursued an interest in genealogy, working with friends and colleagues in the US and Ireland to develop a website (www.lalley.com) containing six family histories, historical features, maps of north County Galway, and a much-used index containing 84,000 Irish-Delaware records
Joe is predeceased in death by his parents, Joseph M and Spalding Parker Lalley; his brothers John, Thomas and Steven; his sister Anne Alvarez; his first wife Edith Feliu de Lalley and their son, Phillip. He is survived by his second wife, Nancy T. Lippard Lalley of Asheville; brother Richard Lalley and his wife, Carolyn, of Charlottesville, VA; daughter Anne C. Lalley and her husband, Joe Ebel, of Asheville; son Robert S. Lalley of Silver Springs, MD; son Joe Lalley and his wife, Deborah Clark-Lalley, of Plymouth, MA and their two daughters, Amelia and Emma; granddaughter Stephanie C. Lovett and her husband, Taylor; granddaughter Caroline Quershi and her wife, Nergis, and their two children of Washington, DC; and grandson Robert Joseph Lalley and his wife, Sirlei, of Bethesda, MD. Joe has five grandchildren.
A midafternoon memorial service is planned for Saturday, August 10, 2019. Details will be announced by Wednesday, August 7, 2019. The family invites friends to help celebrate his life by sharing stories and memories.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be directed to Asheville-Buncombe Community Christian Ministries (www.abccm.org) or to the charity of your choice.
Obituary John C. Wofford 7/30/2019  
We were notified of the passing of John. C Wofford 1961 via legacy.com.

JOHN CHARLES WOFFORD John Charles Wofford of Linville, N.C. passed away July 25, 2019. John was a loving husband, father, son, brother, grandfather and great grandfather. He was fortunate enough to spend the last 12 years of his life with his beloved wife Judy in the mountains of western North Carolina, which were dear to him from the time he was a boy. John was born and raised in Johnson City, TN. He attended Asheville School and played varsity football each of his four years there. He graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Engineering. While there he played soccer and joined the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. John worked for the Stanley Furniture Company in Martinsville, VA and then DuPont de Nemours, Inc., where he was employed for over 30 years, until he retired. While living in Martinsville, John met and married his first wife, Norma Nelson Amos. Upon their marriage, John adopted Norma's three sons, Doug, Dean and David and raised them as his own. John and Norma were happily married for 34 years, until her passing in 2002. They moved to Wilmington, NC in 1972. They raised their family in Wilmington, where they enjoyed spending time on the beach, boating and being with their many friends. Although they lived at the beach, John's heart was always in the Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee and Linville, North Carolina; where his family vacationed when he was a child. John and Norma returned to the Linville area in 2001. John cared for Norma throughout a long illness until her death; exhibiting the kind, generous, Christian ideals that guided him through all his days. John was blessed to have a second season in life, when he met and married Judy Violet, of Massachusetts on December 30, 2006. John was welcomed into Judy's family by her two sons, two daughters and 13 grandchildren, who loved him dearly. John and Judy spent many happy years tending the gardens at their home in Linville, being a part of the Land Harbor community, where they had many friends, and travelling broadly. They visited Scotland, Ireland, Canada, and travelled extensively throughout the United States. John was a dedicated servant of Christ, in both the Episcopalian and Catholic churches. He raised his sons to be Christian men and instilled the best parts of himself in them. He was a tireless volunteer at every church he attended. He never missed an opportunity to donate blood and he was always willing to help those in need. Most recently he was a volunteer at Canon Memorial Hospital. Of all his accomplishments, besides his loving and diverse family, John was most proud of his sobriety. John gave up alcohol on August 26, 1989 and never had another drink. 2019 marked his 30th year of being sober, with each day of those 30 years representing a deep and loving commitment to the well-being of himself, his family and his love of life. John is survived by his wife Judy Violet; his sons John, David, Dean and Doug; his daughters-in-law Ellen, Kathy, Suzanne, and Joan; his step brother Jon R. Hall; his grandchildren Charles Parker, Connelly Dyson, Arthur, Allie, Anderson, Charlie, Kelli, Katie, and Haileigh; and his great-grandchildren Liam, Wren, and Nora; his stepsons, Michael and wife Jean, and Peter and wife Jen; his stepdaughters, Karen and her fiancé Len, and Kristen and her husband John; and 13 step-grandchildren, William, Caitlin, David, Meghan, Shannon, Maia, Johnny, Ava, Jacob, Katie, Eren, Aubrey, and Morgan. John is preceded in death by his father Charles Parker Wofford, his mother Helen Dyson Wofford, his sister Mary Wofford Hathaway, his step-sister Becky Hall, and his first wife, Norma. The family of John Charles Wofford will receive friends from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Linville, North Carolina. A funeral service will be held the following day, July 31, 2019, at 12:30 PM at St. Bernadette. A graveside ceremony will be held that day at 3:00 PM at Monte Vista Memorial Park in Johnson City, Tennessee. A reception is to follow afterward at the Johnson City Country Club, 1901 E Unaka Ave, Johnson City, TN 37601. Memories and condolences may be shared via www.morrisbaker.com. Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 E. Oakland Avenue, Johnson City is serving the family. (423) 282-1521
Obituary Nancy L. Corley 7/15/2019  
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Subject: passing of Nancy Conn Corley ('92?)

Bob and Burt,

I hope your summer is going well. Today I learned the sad news that Nancy Conn passed away on Tuesday this week. From a friend of a friend, I'm aware that, tragically, Nancy took her own life. Here's a link to an obituary: <https://is.gd/wJr4sN>. Based on the obit, I'm guessing she may have struggled with a mental health issue. The obit mentions she went to Asheville School. It appears that she may have been in the class of '92. Did she in fact graduate from TAS? I'm just curious. I think I recall playing soccer there with her brother, Lee Conn. (FYI - I'm class of '90.) Sadly, Nancy's son is only 10 years old.

I figured I'd just pass the info along.

Take care,

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