Monday, November 7, 2011

Brother Louie Luther's Passing

The Asheville Citizen Times reports "Louie "Lou" Russell Luther, Sr. passed away peacefully at home on November 2, 2011.

Born in 1926 to Thomas Allen and Martha Gaston Luther in Asheville, his lineage dates to some of the earliest families to settle in western Buncombe County. He attended Asheville City Schools and graduated Lee H. Edwards High School before attending Asheville-Biltmore College in 1943.

During WWII, Lou served in the US Navy from 1944-46. Returning home, he joined his father and brother and began a long career with the Asheville Citizen-Times newspaper, retiring from the circulation department.

He was a member of Mt. Herman Masonic Lodge #118 and had been active with the Asheville Chapter of BPOE Elks where he served as Exalted Ruler. When health allowed, he regularly attended Mission Hospital's Heart Path and Pulmonary Rehab programs.

Lou had a lifelong curiosity of mechanical devices and never missed a chance to see how things worked or how they might be repaired. Through his life's observations, he was quite the historian on Asheville since the 1930s and could tell endless stories of streetcars, soda fountain days, and whose families used to live in which houses.

He was preceded in death by brothers, T. Allen, Jr. and Phillip L. Luther and is survived by brother, David G. Luther; daughters, Sherry L. Coffey, Mardy Murphy (Bill), and Sue Lane Muesing; son, Louie "Russell" Luther, Jr.; grandchildren, Sean Coffey, Christy Coffey Ferguson, Jennifer Murphy, Melissa Murphy Miller, Desire Luther, Maria Luther, Russell Luther, III; and two great- grandchildren, Alexis Coffey and Gabriel Coffey. He will be missed by a large extended family."


Soft and safe to thee, my Brother, be thy resting place! Bright and glorious be thy rising from it! Fragrant be the acacia sprig that there shall flourish! May the earliest buds of spring unfold their beauties o'er thy resting place, and there may the sweetness of the summer's last rose linger longest! Though the winds of Autumn may destroy the loveliness of their existence, yet the destruction is not final, and in the springtime, they shall surely bloom again. So, in the bright morning of the resurrection, thy spirit shall spring into newness of life and expand in immortal beauty, in realms beyond the skies.

Until then, dear Brother, until then, farewell!

Mount Hermon Lodge #118 was chartered in 1848 by the Grand Lodge of North Carolina. Housed in the Asheville Masonic Temple, our Stated Communication meets on the first Thursday of each month with an open dinner at 6:30pm and the meeting following at 7:30pm.