Ronald Samuel Woodbery, age 88, formerly of Asheville, passed away on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 in a nursing home in Saluda, North Carolina.
He was born in Asheville, North Carolina, where he remained for most of his life until moving to Saluda in 2020. After graduating from Sand Hill High School, he joined the Army and served during the Korean War. He attended Western North Carolina Teachers College on the GI Bill and graduated with a master’s degree in education. Ronald taught school in Buncombe County at Johnson Elementary and Sand Hill Elementary in the 1960s before taking a full-time position with Ingles Markets in 1966, where he remained employed until his retirement. He held several positions in the company including store manager, district manager, and Vice-President. He served on various boards in the community and was instrumental in the early capital drive for the Asheville YMCA. Throughout his life, Ronald made annual visits to Oak Hill United Methodist Church where he grew up and was an active member of Abernathy United Methodist Church where he sang in the choir and worked in the annual fall pumpkin patch, something he looked forward to every year. He enjoyed playing board games and singing with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was an avid reader with a curious mind that kept him engaged in the College for Seniors program at UNCA until age 85.
Ronald was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Gloria Stuman Woodbery and a daughter, Rachel Denise Woodbery. He is survived by one son, Charles Samuel Woodbery of Saluda, NC and two daughters, Rhonda Woodbury of Saluda, NC and Rebecca (Becky) Polson (Chet) of Bennettsville, SC; six grandchildren, Chas Sisk (Cathy) of Nashville, TN, Adam Stephens (Laura) of Hendersonville, NC, Jonathan Parks (Eden) of Atlanta, GA, Dylan Woodbery of Asheville, NC, Nicole Parks of Greer, SC and Andrew Stephens of New York City, NY and 10 great grandchildren.
He was a son of the late Alton Parker Woodbery and Hazel Jean Woodbery and was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Betty Jean Baity, Lucy Nell Crowell, and brothers, John Wayne Woodbery, and Alton Keith Woodbery.
A memorial service is being planned for the spring of 2022 due to current COVID restrictions. If desired, friends may make memorial contributions to Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood or to the American Cancer Society.
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