Martha Lucinda Goode Souther

June 4, 1931 - June 6, 2013
Martha Lucinda Goode Souther

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Martha Goode Souther, 82, of Mills River passed away Thursday, June 6, 2013 at the Elizabeth House in Flat Rock.

A native and lifelong resident of Henderson County, she was the daughter of the late Russell and Sarah Goode. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Vonnie, Julian, and James, and one sister, Oveda Owens.

For 29 years, Mrs. Souther served as a bus driver for Mills River Elementary School. She was a member of the Mills River Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and the Mills River Presbyterian Church. She dearly loved her family, especially her grandkids and great-grandkids. She was lovingly known as ìButchî by her husband.

Mrs. Souther is survived by her devoted husband of 65 years, Thomas Souther of Mill River; two daughters, Barbara Cox and husband, Jerry, of Etowah, and Carolyn Christianson and husband, Fred, of Horse Shoe; four grandchildren, Shelley Earley; Brian Cox and wife, Marque; Scott Orr and wife, Stacy; and Candace Duncan; six great-grandchildren, Allison and Katelyn Earley, Maggie and Josie Cox, Hailee Orr, and Shawna Gilliam; several nieces and nephews; and by her best friends, Ruby, Nancy and Joan.

A funeral service will be held at 3 PM Sunday, June 9, 2013 at the Mills River Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Clyde Bryson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 ñ 8 PM Saturday at Shuler Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.


Sunday, June 9, 2013
12:00 AM

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Mills River, NC 28759

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  • June 08, 2013
    shirley drake says:
    Barbara, I was so sorry to hear about your mom.You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • June 20, 2013
    Jim and Pat Sams says:
    Tommy and family; Such a shock to see Martha's obit tonight. we had not heard a word. Martha was a special person in the community and we appreciate her taking care of our children all those years on the bus. Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. Love and Prayers, Pat and Jim Sams

  • June 13, 2013
    Jennifer Schedivy says:
    Martha was a special lady. I had the honor of working with her in therapy and will miss her sweet smile and great sense of humor. Prayers to her family who she loved so much!

  • June 10, 2013
    Cindy Moore Walrath says:
    Many, many years ago I rode Mrs. Martha's bus. During that time she gave me a tooth fairy pillow which I used and I have passed down to my children to use. My 13 year old and now my 6 year old have both used this pillow. I always think of her when I see them using it. Mrs. Martha will be dearly missed and touched so many peoples lives. I only wish my girls could have a bus driver as wonderful as Mrs. Martha. She genuinely cared about the children and those around her. Mrs. Martha you will be missed but your memories will carry on.

  • June 10, 2013
    Dianna Maxwell says:
    Barbara & family, Sorry to hear about your mother. You are in my thoughts and prayers.