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Vernon Cogburn, Jr.

March 31, 1943 - July 25, 2009

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.

Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Service Information

Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Time: 2:00 pm


Kirby Memorial Chapel

125 Orrs Camp Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792

Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Green Hills Cemetery

Leicester Highway
Asheville, NC

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