Veteran local writer Bob Terrell dead at 80

Bob Terrell, a beloved local author and columnist, passed away on Sunday at the age of 80. He died in Arizona, where he had moved two weeks ago after living and working in Western North Carolina for most of his life.

Terrell’s folksy and historical columns were a mainstay in the Asheville Citizen and Asheville Citizen-Times, where he started working in 1949. He also spearheaded almost 30 church-group trips to the Middle East (the subject of a lengthy obituary and multimedia items on Terrell’s life and work.

— Jon Elliston, managing editor

About Jon Elliston
Former Mountain Xpress managing editor Jon Elliston is the senior editor at WNC magazine.

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3 thoughts on “Veteran local writer Bob Terrell dead at 80

  1. Chad Nesbitt

    Terrell was an Asheville icon like Vanderbuilt and Wolf. I would like to see some kind of monument, park, street, bridge, or something named after him.

  2. John Smolkin

    God bless you and keep you in His arms, Bob Terrell. With your passing, the old Asheville passes too, to some extent. I have enjoyed reading your columns for such along time. Thank you so much.

  3. turnerover

    i grew up in chunns cove,mr terrell lived in ridge townhouse apartments.his son bobby,my brothers and i used to play basketball of the evenings after school,,i miss those days…mr terrell was always decent to us boys,although we didnt really see him much,he was always working on a story or and article,i still enjoy re-reading his books..

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