Brownlow Rhymer

October 6, 1913 - April 22, 2009

10/06/1913 - 04/22/2009

Past Services

Friday April 24, 2009
10:00 am
Forest Lawn Memorial Park
538 Tracy Grove Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792

Brownlow Rhymer, 95, of Hendersonville entered into peaceful rest, Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at Pardee Memorial Hospital. A native and lifelong resident of Henderson County, he was a son of the late Clarence Nelson and Nellie Gray King Rhymer, and the husband of the late Gertrude Clayton Rhymer who died in 1989. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, James Julius Rhymer and Harry Cray Rhymer. He was an Army Air Corps veteran of WWII. A self-employed painter, he was involved in the construction of Fontana Dam. He attended Mud Creek Baptist Church, was an avid fisherman, and loved animals. He will be remembered as lifelong caregiver to his family and friends.

Survivors include a son, Alan ìRussî Rhymer of Asheville; three daughters, Betty Frisbee and her husband Jerry, Judy Sutton and her husband Ben, and Pat Gilliam, all of Hendersonville; twelve grandchildren, Rick, Ronnie, Jeff, Todd, Vickie, Mike, Lori, Beth, Julie, Benny, Gingy, Peggy; twenty-four great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 10:00 am Friday, April 24, 2009 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The eulogy will be provided by the son, Russ Rhymer. Military graveside rites will be conducted by Hubert M. Smith American Legion Post #77, Hedrick-Rhodes VFW Post #5206, and DAV Chapter 14.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donorís choice. Guests may sign a register book at

Forest Lawn Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

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June Jackson Edney
8 years ago

Pat and Family,

Sorry to hear about your

Dad.Just wanted you to know that you guys are in my thoughts and prayers.

June Edney

Alta Suttles Davis
8 years ago

I am so sorry to hear about Brownlow’s passing. Rusty and Betty I will forever remember your Dad and Mom as such wonderful happy people. My Mom was Jean “Jeanie” Suttles who worked with your Mom and she loved Gertrude so and was very fond of Brownlow. When I saw of Brownlow’s passing my heart was heavy as if just for a moment it was yesterday and my Mom ,your Mom and your Dad were here. They were always such a bright spot and I hope you know how wonderful they were to others also. I will cherish thoes memories of days gone by….how blessed we were to know them…may the Lord bless you each. Love, Alta

Kelly Case
8 years ago

Rusty, thinking of you and your family. Your father’s memory will always bring a smile to so many. He was always one of my favorite customers in years past. Your Mother knows what wonderful care you all gave your Father. May the Peace of Christ be with you…

Debbie (Morrison) Ledbetter
8 years ago

Betty, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. You and your entire family will be in my prayers. My best to Ronnie and Vickie. Haven’t seen you in ages but still think of you often. Miss the good times we all had together. Betty, you will always be like a mother to me just as when I was a little girl. I will keep you in my heart and prayers. Love, Debbie

Morris Clayton
8 years ago

Sorry for your loss

Randy Clayton
8 years ago

I am sorry to hear about your Fathers passing God Bless all of you

lou nelson
8 years ago

betty,judy & pat so sorry for loss. thinking of you

Bill Martin
8 years ago

I had not known him but just a short time but the Children of Brownlow are some of the greatest people I know so he must have been a great father. One of the greatest.

Candy Watson
8 years ago

Our prayers are with all the family. We feel your sorrow.

Tammy Lewis
8 years ago

My heart and prayers are with all. I am honored to have spent what time I had with him. He was a wonderful man.