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Eva Dean (Norris) Burress

April 24, 1927 ~ May 4, 2019 (age 92)

Candler – Eva Dean Norris Burress, 92, passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Pisgah Manor Health Care Center.

A native of Buncombe County, she was a daughter of the late Isaac and Lois Henson Norris.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Bob” Burress; a son, Edwin Glenn Smith; and a sister, Louise Yarborough.  Eva Dean had resided in Haywood and Buncombe County throughout her life.  She attended Candler Elementary School and was a former employee of American Enka.  Eva Dean and her husband enjoyed camping at Cherokee where she also learned to trout fish.

She is survived by a daughter, Janet Godfrey and her husband, Bill, of Candler; one son, Thurman Roy Smith, Jr. and his wife, Rose Mary, of Mt. Holly; one sister, Loretta Spalone of Hendersonville; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in the Canton Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with the Reverend Ricky Mason officiating.  Burial will follow at New Cruso Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, SC  29615.

The care of Mrs. Burress has been entrusted to Wells Funeral Homes and an online memorial register is available at “Obituaries” at

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