WEAVERVILLE– Phyllis Beckwith Clevenger, age 80, of Weaverville, died Wednesday, October 3, 2018.
Phyllis was born March 23, 1938 on a large dairy farm near Ithaca, New York. The youngest of seven, she was privy to all the benefits of being the “baby” of the family. Phyllis moved to Asheville when her father retired and placed the farm in the care of her brother. She graduated from Biltmore High School and soon met and married the love of her life, and best friend, James Harold. The two settled in Asheville and started a family. Phyllis worked for more than twenty years at First Union Bank then retired as secretary at First Baptist Church of Weaverville. She was a member of the Mary Martha Sunday School class at First Baptist Church, Weaverville and a long time choir member. Her relationship with Christ and her church family were anchors of her life. Phyllis was most in her element as chief cheerleader and role model for her four grandchildren. From youth soccer to college track meets, she was there as a proud and encouraging force. Teaching her grandkids how to can vegetables, dress for the occasion, prepare a meal for dozens, and correctly prune a rose was Phyllis’ true profession. She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Helen Bennett Beckwith; brothers, Bob and George Beckwith; sisters, Marie Barron and Jinny Varga.
Surviving are her husband of 59 years, James Harold Clevenger; daughter, Helen Merrill and husband Dale of Asheville; son, Mark Clevenger and wife Cathy of Weaverville; sisters, Dottie Lee and husband Leslie of Hampstead, NC, and Jane Koontz of Southport, NC; sister-in-law, Annie Beckwith of Lansing, NY; grandchildren, Eli and Emily Clevenger, Peyton Young, and Patterson Young Revis and husband Kevin.
Her funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 7, 2018 in First Baptist Church, Weaverville. Dr. Jim McCoy and Reverend Stuart Lamkin will officiate. Burial will follow in West Memorial Park, Weaverville.
The family will receive friends 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Saturday October 6, 2018 at West Funeral Home, 17 Merrimon Ave., Weaverville, where the body will remain until placed in the church one hour prior to the service.
At other times, the family will be at the residence.
Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made to CarePartners Home Care PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813 or First Baptist Church, Weaverville “Music Fund”, PO Box 547, Weaverville, NC 28787.
The family would like to thank MemoryCare of Asheville and CarePartners for their care of Phyllis.
For those who desire, condolences may be offered to the family under Mrs. Clevenger’s obituary at www.WestFamilyFuneralServices.com.
West Funeral Home
Saturday October 6th, 2018
5:00pm - 7:00pm
17 Merrimon Avenue
Weaverville, NC 28787
West Memorial Park
Sunday October 7th, 2018
40 Roberts Street
Weaverville, NC 28787
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First Baptist Church Weaverville
Sunday October 7th, 2018
63 North Main Street
Weaverville, NC 28787
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So sorry for your loss, we will all miss her at church. sorry we couldn't come to the funeral, I was in the hospital in Kingsport that day. Love to all
Submitted by marilyn malone on Oct 11 2018 08:39:45 AM
James, I am thankful for meeting your sweet wife Phyllis and you and your whole family when Dale married Helen. He gained much more than a wife, he gained a loving family that include us in their life! I remember Phyllis at Cricket's 90th birthday party, laughing with all her sweet girls! She just radiated such a sweet, kind spirit! I know it is a joy to have shared so many years with her as your best friend! She will be sorely missed by so many! When things get quite, I pray God's comfort, peace,and joy will surround you all the days of your life. Stay busy and enjoy your sweet family. They love you dearly... Sherry and Dana Merrill
Submitted by sherry merrill on Oct 8 2018 04:59:41 PM
James Harold, Mark, and Mark, I have many fond memories of being in your home and the kindness and hospitality of Phyllis. I am sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the memories and stories that you share.
Submitted by Bonnie Cassida on Oct 8 2018 12:15:36 PM
The world is a better place because Phyllis Clevenger was here. I am honored to have known her. She left a tremendous legacy in her family she loved and nourished. My son and I had the good fortune of having that loved passed thru Helen to us. We are grateful. She has attained her goal, heaven. What a beautiful and fitting service for such a grand Christian woman. My condolences and love to all, Sandra Bishop-Ray
Submitted by Sandra Bishop-Ray on Oct 8 2018 11:03:46 AM
Phyllis was a very graceful Christian lady. She added joy to any one she was around. My brother, Muchael, passed just a couple of weeks ago and I'm pretty sure he was there to greet her in heaven. His last wish to get in a car was to go check on Phyllis. We will truly miss your beautiful smile. Cathy Hunter Barber
Submitted by Cathy Hunter Barber on Oct 7 2018 06:32:42 PM
James Harold, Helen and Mark, Phyllis was a beautiful lady. Gone but never to be forgotten. May she rest in peace and peace to all of the family. Much love to all. Arnold and Nancy Fox
Submitted by Nancy Fox on Oct 7 2018 10:20:46 AM
I have so many fond memories of Phillis. Her beautiful smile, warming hugs and such a beautiful presence about her. Such and precious and extraordinary woman. We will dearly miss her, but I've been so blessed to have known her since I was a child. She's always been there for listening ear or just her warming hugs.
My thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone. God bless you
Submitted by Maria Burnette on Oct 6 2018 04:52:20 PM
Thank you for having made us feel a part of your very special family these past few years through Burch. We too will remember our impressions of Phyllis as a warm, kind and loving person. I remember her genuine interest in us whenever we were in her presence and especially I remember her smile and joy at Patterson‘s wedding even when she did not know everyone anymore. She was still greeting people and making them feel welcome. I believe her daughter, Helen, and her granddaughters , Patterson and Peyton, all whom we have known and had the most contact with, continue her legacy of love, faith in God and caring for others. And I’m sure the rest of her family reflect those same qualities. She will be missed and Iwe are glad to know there will be lots of time to get to know her one day in heaven!
Submitted by Guenter and Donna Wadewitz on Oct 6 2018 03:19:05 PM
Rather than one specific thing, what I will remember most about Phyllis is the sweet, calm, and strong spirit that was always so obvious. Whether it was at church, at soccer games when I was coaching the girls' team, or anywhere else, she was always the kind of person that made you feel better when she was around, and who you were always glad to see. I will miss her. Everyone who knew her will miss her. I pray for the peace of Christ to be with all of you in her family in the days ahead.
Submitted by Bill Kinyon on Oct 6 2018 03:02:59 PM
I have many fond mermories of Nana and Papaw together. From seeing them on the side lines cheering Patterson, Payton, and I during our high school soccer games to being lovingly included into family gatherings like I was their own to eating chicken dumpling soup for the first time made by her expert and loving hands! Above all I will always remember her sweet spirit and the way her eyes sparkled as she smiled and laughed.
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