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Wednesday January 2nd, 2019
6:00pm - 7:00pm

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Michael Dean Garvin

Michael “Bear” Dean Garvin age 66 of Asheville, Nc

Born December 8, 1952

Bear passed away suddenly at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC on December 28, 2018 at 6:37 am.

Bear was formerly from Alliance, Ohio 1970 graduate of Alliance High School. He worked at Bills Arco while going to high school. He was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam war along with one of his best friends “Putter”. After the war he had gotten a job in The Smokey Mountains where he was a back packer clearing trails for about 10 years. He could tell many stories about scaring off the bears. Always carried a sling shot and marbles. He would live on the trails all week long and come home for the weekend. As time progressed “Bear” was offered a position with The Blue Ridge Parkway in the maintenance department working on all the parkway equipment. He would go up to Mt Mitchel at 4:30 am and check to see how bad the snow or ice was to determine if the parkway would be closed to traffic. His favorite day of the week was “Monday” as he knew he would being going to work. He loved his job at the Parkway so much that is was so hard for him to determine wether to retire or not. Bear liked taking walks around his neighborhood and cleaning up the litter. The community got together and had a street side made that read “City of Asheville North Carolina Adopt - A -Street Michael “Mr. Bear” Garvin. Bear had many many friends he never met a stranger. Bear had a love for music as a very small child. His father bought him a set of drums when he was about six or so and from that point he never quit playing. He was in several different bands over the years. In high school it was The Soul Happening. After he moved to North Carolina he was in several different bands and sometimes multiple bands at the same time. Jericho Hill, The Blues Crew, Vinyl Brothers ,WABS and Grindstone. Bear also played in the drums in the drama production of the musical Godspell. Bear enjoyed riding his motorcycle in the Parkway. Bear loved hiking the trails and going to various waterfalls one of his favorites was Dry Falls. He was the most wonderful father and grandfather to his children. He taught them strength love and joy. He was a great roll model to his children and grandchildren. He played Santa Clause to his own children when they were small and continued with it throughout the years. He played Santa Clause at the Ag Center Airport Rd Asheville for Winter Lights show. Bear was such a kind loving,caring,giving man to all If you were having a bad day he could always turn it around to be a good day. He had a twinkle in his eye that will light up our hearts forever.

He was preceded in death by his former wife Suzanne Garvin, father Talmadge Garvin, mother Beulah Garvin and two siblings Dennis and Darrell.

He is survived by his daughter Shelly Vogler, sons Tommy and Johnny Beltz and stepson Jason Reed. Sisters Barbara (Robert) Steiner and Sheryl (Carl ) Falcone. Ex wife Barbara McFalls. Grandsons Josiah, Johnny and Chase. Granddaughters Abby, Madison, Christina and Taylor. Nephews Nicholas Garvin, Triston Falcone, Travis Hardman, Tyler Hardman. Nieces Amber Menegay and Vianna Falcone and one great niece Ame’lie Garvin.

The services for Bear will be held at The Summit Church at 486 Fairview Rd Sylva, NC. 28779. Visitation will be from 6:00 - 7:00 with a celebration of life at 7:00. We would like to ask those who wish to share a meal with us to remain after the celebration.

In lieu of flowers the family would like donations to be made to The Summit Church Music Fund.

To plant memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Michael Garvin, please visit our flower store.


I just today happened upon this by accident and am deeply saddened by the news. I have so many great memories of our time together in the Soul Happening. Now, every time I hear thunder I'll think of you bangin' the drums. To Mike's family, some that I never met, take comfort in knowing he was a great person and is missed.

Ralph T Peti May 4 2019 12:00 AM

I will miss you "Griz" One of my best friends ever and proud to have shared the stage with you, McCool

William T. Hawley Jan 4 2019 12:00 AM

Amazing life by an amazing guy. RIP fellow 1970 AHS Aviator.

Larry Ringler Jan 3 2019 12:00 AM

RIP Mike,you were a good friend and will miss seeing you when visiting back here in Alliance.(class of '70 )My condolences to the family.

Dan Flicraft Jan 3 2019 12:00 AM

Heart of gold...sweet and wonderful man. Always had something kind to say...always called me Mrs Claus after I posted a picture of a play I was in playing Santa Claus wife. Loved seeing him at the 40th class reunion. Know he is strolling the heavens and riding the motorcycle with Putter.

Martha Sheers Guglielmo Jan 2 2019 12:00 AM

I remember Mike from high school. I graduated in the same class of 1970. My sincere condolences to his family.

Kathleen Edwards Tietz Jan 2 2019 12:00 AM

Sympathy to the family. Prayers. Mike Rest In Peace.

Ada M Briden Jan 2 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Michael Garvin

Ada M Briden Jan 2 2019 12:00 AM

One of the sweetest guys I have ever known. I will miss him dearly. Peace be with you my friend. My deepest sympathy to the family.

Diane Warner Jan 2 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Michael Garvin

Diane Warner Jan 2 2019 12:00 AM

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