Frankie Milner

Jul 29, 2014

1936 — 2014

ASHEVILLE — Frankie Owen Milner, 77, of Trinity Chapel Road, passed away Monday, July 28, 2014, at her residence.

A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Pauline Emerson Owen. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Gerald E. Milner, who died in 1999; two brothers, C.S. Owen Jr., and Bobby Joe “Sub” Owen; a sister, Shirley Owen Dennis; and a granddaughter, Jennifer Ryan West. She was an employee of Bethany Christian Services and was a very active member of Beverly Hills Baptist Church. Frankie was an avid golfer and past president of Asheville Municipal Golf Clubs Women’s Golf Association. Frankie was affectionately known as “Marmee” to all of her grandchildren.

She is survived by four daughters, Debra Milner West, of Barnardsville, Cinthia Milner, of Brevard, Kathy Milner Casey and husband, DeBow, of Franklin, Tennessee, and Deanna Milner Story and husband, Mark, of Piney Flats, Tennessee; a brother, Bill Owen and wife, Betty, of Canton; 16 grandchildren, Nathan West, Natalie Bates, Nachelle Mimken, Christian West, Noah West, Elizabeth Diggs, Lisa West, Jennie West, Nikki West, Joffrey Bagwell, Micah Bagwell, Kathryn Casey, Walker Casey, Emilie McGuire, Mallory McGuire and Kara Wayman; 12 great-grandchildren; and her longtime companion and friend, Bob Fisher, of Asheville.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at the Canton Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with the Revs. Matt Pruitt and Kim Milner officiating. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Changing Hearts Ministries, P.O. Box 416, Barnardsville, NC  28709.

For those who desire, an online memorial register is available at

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