Charlene Efird

04/11/1945 - 07/18/2021


Obituary For Charlene Efird

On Sunday night, July 18th, 2021, our Dearest Charlene left our earth for Heaven. She was so eager to see her two sons Jon and Jeff, her mother Hazel Kolb and, of course Grandpa George, all who had proceeded her on this sacred journey. It had been so long since she had seen them. On that darkened Sunday night Charlene ended her long-fought battle with Multiple Myeloma Cancer. A struggle that lasted for nearly five years. And of course, being the fighter she is, she won many of the battles and stayed in the fight longer than most anticipated she could.

Charlene Kay Efird, Biology teacher extraordinaire, Private Pilot, avid hiker, runner, reader, finishing a book, even if it was a bad one, Master Gardner, community advocate for a better Lake Lure. Successful real estate broker and "a changer" of the "Lake Lure landscape" by bringing wonderful people to this very special place in western North Carolina.

Charlene is survived by her husband David, her son Ted Rupp, brother Bob Smashey and sisters Cheryle Guthrie and Caroline Foley.

The Memorial for Charlene Efird will be held on Wednesday, July 28th at 2:00 pm in The Church of The Transfiguration, 106 Saylor Lane, Memorial Highway, Bat Cave, NC.

In lieu of flowers the family is asking that a donation be made to Hendersonville Hematology and Oncology at Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville, North Carolina, where her Doctor and Nurses so willingly joined in this courageous fight with never waning encouragement at every turn.  You can CLICK HERE to donate online or mail donations using the following information: Pardee Hospital Foundation: 561 Fleming Street Hendersonville, NC 28739; (In memory of Charlene Efird and dedicated to the cancer program).

"As much as we are grieving now, we still hope our hearts take comfort in knowing how much our darling Charlene was and will always be loved by so many. She was a lovely, brilliant, warm, generous and unfailingly caring person. She will be deeply missed by so many”.  "Charlene is a special lady.  Always was and always will be”. “She has truly left her mark on our community and its people who loved her so".  “Her example will endure and be a reminder to us all how to better live our lives”.




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  • Ted, I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was a very kind person. My deepest sympathy, Jeanie

  • May David and your family find not only peace but also joy in knowing that your life and faith here on earth has rewarded you with your place in heaven. You have been a special friend every since we meet in the 9th grade in Hannibal, MO. May God bless you, such a special Lady and your family.

  • Those of us grown school kids back in Hannibal, Missouri are mourning the loss of our beloved teacher and dear friend. She was our classmate Jon's mom and just an incredible teacher. Everyone loved her. Every student was special to her. She was a life-changer. I picture her twinkling eyes and delightful smile. Jon had her smile. I try to imagine the reunion in heaven with her boys. My heart rejoices! Prayers for peace and comfort to all who loved Charlene.

  • I went to school with Charlene at Hannibal High. She was a special person. Always had a smile for everyone.

  • Charlene was an amazing person! She loved and appreciated the great outdoors and absolutely loved her Lake Lure community. We enjoyed her enthusiasm for life, travel, and family We feel truly blessed to have know Charlene-she will always be in our hearts! We will miss Charlene personalized birthday cards and holiday cards.

  • Our extended sympathy to David and the family. Charlene was a great help in my purchases and sale of properties. Most important she was a friend and an asset to the community of Lake Lure. She will be sorely missed.

  • A tragic loss of a wonderful woman. Always a smile and always positive even at the worst of times. Charlene will be missed by so many. She made our community so much better by just being a part of it. David, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Our most sincere sympathy and condolences.

  • Dearest Sweetpea, I will miss you and will love you forever and a day. So sad. Love you more.

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