Vernon George Cogburn, Jr.

March 31, 1943 - July 25, 2009
Vernon George Cogburn, Jr.

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Vernon George Cogburn, Jr., 66, who was kissed by Grace Kelly at the tender age of six while Miss Kelly filmed the movie ìThe Swanî at the Biltmore Estate, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2009 at the John F. Keever, Jr. Solace Center in Asheville.

He was preceded in death by his father, Vernon Sr., who worked 44 years and retired from Biltmore Dairy; his mother, Cleatus Cornelia Davis Cogburn, who was named by Mrs. Vanderbilt, and who was born just a few months after her father, Cleat Davis, was killed while in the service of the Estate as a ranger in the pink bed area; his brother, Kenneth Cogburn; and his sister, Ellen Gibson.

He is survived by his sisters, Betty Hunting and Mildred Pruit; his wife, Janet, and daughters, Tracie Pope and Angela McMahan; their husbands, Jeffrey and Darryl; and two grandsons, Lee and Payton Pope; as well as Kenneth Marsengill, Karen Robinson, and Christopher Marsengill.


Wednesday, July 29, 2009
12:00 AM

Kirby Memorial Chapel - Directions
125 Orrs Camp Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Green Hills Cemetery - Directions
Leicester Highway
Asheville, NC

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  • July 28, 2009
    Jean Graham says:
    Janet and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your husband, father, and best friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. I hope all the wonderful memories of your lives together will help ease your sorrow. With love and condolences, Jean Graham

  • August 18, 2009
    Cathie Vaughn says:
    We attended school together from elementary to high school. The fondest memory I have of him was when he would pull my ponytail in the 4th grade. He would laugh when I teased him back. I want to send my sincerest condolences to the family.

  • August 11, 2009
    Janet Cogburn says:
    I just wanted to say how very much I enjoyed being Mrs. Vernon G. Cogburn, Jr. You were the light Of my life and the best husband anyone could ever have. I will treasure all the time we spent together and hope it will get me through until I see you again. All my love forever and always. Your Loving wife.

  • August 07, 2009
    Jenny Hochschild says:
    Janet, So sorry for your loss. We love you and Junior. Sorry we haven't been around since moving. I will always remember sitting on the porch just chatting, learning to garden and counting on you guys when I needed you. You two were the best neighbors anyone could ever ask for. If you need anything please give me a shout. We will always treasure the great memories we shared. The cleaning of my ears, the large clock so Junior new what time it was (never wanted to miss his show) Seeing him and Tony together and many more. With love, Jenny, Tony and Emily

  • July 31, 2009
    Len and Javotte Driggers says:
    Dear Janet, We send our sympathy and prayers to you and all your family with love. Len and Javotte