June “Mommaw” Huntley, age 81, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, went to be with the Lord following a long battle with Alzheimer’s on June 11, 2022. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, she was born to Senate William and Pauline Cox McNeely on July 3, 1940.
A 1958 graduate of Lee Edwards High School, June was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and a three-time Worthy Matron of local chapters of the Eastern Star.
June’s talents were many; she was an accomplished seamstress who handmade Halloween costumes, cooked countless holiday meals and birthday cakes for family members, was a caregiver to others in need, and was a beloved mother and second mother to her grandchildren.
She enjoyed watching her granddaughter’s dance competitions, traveling with her son to Europe, Atlanta Braves baseball, and her three toy poodles, Jacque, Nala, and Lacey.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Monty Huntley.
Left to cherish her memory are her son, David Huntley, and his wife Denise, her daughter, Debbie Owen and her husband Rick, her grandson, Michael Owen and his wife Devika, her granddaughter, Elizabeth Owen, and her brother, Joseph McNeely and his wife Nancy.
In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of June. Checks can be made out to: Alzheimer’s Association, PO Box 96011, Washington DC 20090, or donate online at alz.org.
A funeral will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, June 18, 2022, at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel in Hendersonville.
To the family, I am deeply saddened by the grief you are feeling.
Knowing of God’s love for you, continue to look to him when “he will wipe out all tears from our eyes, death, pain, and suffering will be no more. ” – Revelation 21:3,4
He says death is an ” enemy that will be brought to nothing ” – 1 Corinthians 15:26
How comforting to know that this will be a thing of the past and through Christ Jesus a resurrection for our loved ones.
David and Debbie, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. I remember June so vividly when we were all kids. I always thought she was so beautiful and had such a sweet smile. I will never forget the Immaculata School days and seeing her and waving when she would pick you up in the afternoons.
I regret not finding out about her passing until now, and missing the funeral. I would have been there. Alzheimer’s is very cruel and robs all of us our joy of growing old with our loved ones. My sweet Dad was taken by it as well, and I know the grief and sadness of that devastating disease.
Please know that I am sending you my deepest condolences and will never forget any of you dear children, and your sweet Mother.
June was a special person. I enjoyed getting to know her while sitting with her and Debbie at many dance competitions. She had a wonderful sense of humor and was so proud of her children and grandchildren. Sending healing prayers of peace and comfort as you remember your wonderful mother and grandmother!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
I was with Mom and Dad at the original Asheville Auditorium in 1958 the night that June graduated from Lee Edwards High School. I was all of eleven years old then. I was also at June and my cousin Monty’s wedding the day they were married at my Aunt Betty Huntley Beard’s home on Woodcrest in North Asheville. So, as you can see, we go back a long way. I consider myself very fortunate to have stayed in touch with June over the years, especially since Monty passed. She was always a class act, respectful of my feelings, and rock solid in her beliefs. June also saved some very valuable family pictures and gave some to me over the years. Some of these I had never seen. For that, I am so grateful. I will deeply miss those talks over the phone over the years. Now there is no confusion and the dark curtain of Alzheimer’s, as it did the same to my dearly departed Mom, is lifted forever. To Debbie, David, Joe, their spouses and the grandchildren and June’s many friends, my deepest sympathy. I am a much richer person for having known June for some sixty plus years. May she have eternal rest and peace. Gerry Huntley. 828-318-4013. email@example.com
A beautiful and kind woman who always meant so much. I’ll LOVE you forever June!