Thomas Edwin Vess April 11, 1938 - June 1, 2020

Thomas Edwin Vess, 82 of Asheville went home to be with the Lord on Monday, June 1, 2020 at the Keever Solace Center.   He was a son of the late Rev. L.O. Vess and Mae Wright Vess.  He was also preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Vess Sparks Weatherford.

Tom was a member of Trinity of Fairview for the last 41 years where he served as a Deacon.  He retired from Steelcase in Fletcher, NC in 2000.  He worked for Sears for 14 years and as a courier for Mission/St. Joseph’s Hospitals for eight years.

Tom will be remembered for his faith in God, his love for the church, his years in the choir, his love and faithfulness to his family and his great wit and dry humor.

He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce English Vess; three sons, Marion Edwin Vess of Candler, Jerry Wayne Vess of MD and Mitchell Thomas Vess of Fairview; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; three brothers, Ray Vess (Ola), James Vess of Swannanoa and Johnny Vess (Mary) of TX; and several nieces and nephews.

We will Meet You in the Morning our beloved faithful friend, husband, father and servant of God.

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  1. Ann Ward says

    Dear Joyce,
    After many years and finally finding you, I was sad to see that you lost your beloved husband. I know God will surround you with HIS great love and grace during this difficult time. I would love to hear from you.

  2. Said and Ursa Rabiipour says

    Dearest Joyce, Saiid and I love you very much and pray Gods love, peace and comfort surrounds you in this moment as you mourn the loss of your precious husband. What a wonderful Godly, loving, humble, gentle spirited, and humorous man he was! We also pray for your sons, Eddie, Jerry and Mitch and all of your family who loved and cherished him. May Gods overwhelming love and care be balm to your souls as you grieve the loss of such a wonderful man. And may He carry you and comfort you until the day you see him again knowing that right now he’s singing in that heavenly choir! Love and prayers, Saiid and Ursa