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Lucy May (Parton) Rhew

November 9, 1927 ~ May 11, 2019 (age 91)

Lucy Parton Rhew, 91, was blessed with eternal life on April 11th, 2019. She passed away peacefully in her sleep after residing in Asheville, North Carolina for most of her life.


Born in November of 1927 in Cleveland County, North Carolina, Lucy was the daughter of Clarence C. and Vinny McElrath Parton. Early in life, Lucy married Cline C Rhew and would remain by his side until his death on May 21st, 1973.


Lucy lived a full life, enjoying many hobbies and adventures. She was an avid fisher. She always kept a large vegetable garden and beautiful flowers. She was a master seamstress. And she loved cooking to feed her large family and many friends.


Lucy was happiest spending time with family, which included three daughters, four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She created many great memories with those she loved, celebrating holidays, birthdays, family gatherings and joyful weekend excursions to exciting new places.


Lucy was preceded in death by her husband, Cline Rhew, daughter, Brenda Rhew Hitchens, son-in-law Johnny Hodge and grandson David Hodge. She is survived by daughters Dianne Hodge (David), Darlene Leatherwood (Jerry) brother Larry Parton of Jacksonville FL, grandchildren Tracy, Carey, Joshua (Stephanie) and five great grandchildren.


A memorial service will be held at Midway Family Church, 191 Chunns Cove Road in Asheville, North Carolina, on Saturday June 1st, 2019 at 2PM. The Reverend Keith Dockins will be officiating.


“I am closest to my mother, as she is my rock, my pillar of strength, and my world. Not only has she stood by me through all times – happy, sad, and otherwise – but there have even been moments when I had completely lost hope, and her immense belief in me had lifted me up.” – A. Khanvilkar   

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