Donald “Don” N. Lister

December 22, 1943 - March 20, 2024

12/22/1943 - 03/20/2024

Past Services

Sunday March 24, 2024
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hendersonville First Baptist Church
312 Fifth Avenue West
Hendersonville, NC 28739
Funeral Service
Sunday March 24, 2024
3:00 pm
Hendersonville First Baptist Church
312 Fifth Avenue West
Hendersonville, NC 28739

Donald N. Lister, age 80, of Laurel Park, North Carolina, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at his residence.  He was the son of the late Wilma and Donald A. Lister of Centerville, Iowa.


Don graduated from Alderson Broaddus College in Philippi, West Virginia with a BA degree in business.  He also earned his MBA degree from West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia.  Don began his career with Owens-Illinois in Toledo, Ohio in the Forest Product Division.  He then worked for Lily-Tulip Division as plant manager in Augusta, Georgia and Springfield, Missouri.  In 1985, Don bought Petroleum Pump and Tank which later became Superior Services.  He sold his business in 2020 at the age of 76.


Don was an avid runner and ran many ultra runs.  He ran the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Natchez Trace.  Don ran across his home state of Iowa!  To prepare for these ultra races, he would run from his home in Laurel Park to his business on Howard Gap Road.


He is survived by his loving wife of 58 wonderful years, Becky Lister; two daughters, Alissa Lister of Hendersonville, North Carolina, and Amy Joyner and her husband, Stephen of Atlantic Beach, North Carolina; as well as several nieces and nephews.  Don dearly loved his mini Australian Shepherd, Miles, who often ran with him.


Don was a member of Hendersonville First Baptist Church and the Lula Mae Briggs Sunday School Class.  A funeral service will be held on Sunday, March 24, 2024 at 3:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Hendersonville with Pastor Steve Scoggins and close friend of Don’s, Mr. Tom Farmer officiating.  Interment will follow the service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hendersonville.  The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., one hour prior to the service, at the church.


In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mr. Lister’s memory are asked to consider, Four Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, North Carolina 28731 and/or to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, 717 South Marshall Street, 105B, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27101-5865.


Don will be remembered for his sense of humor, love for his God and his family, and his generosity to those in need.



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Karen Sawyer
19 days ago

Becky and family, I’m so sorry for your loss of Don. I imagine he’s running the lengths of Heaven, with the breeze on his smiling face and his eyes on Jesus! May you have the peace that passes all understanding of this world and know you’ll see Don again one day!
I love and miss you!