Mr. Howard Edwin Sides, 82, of Asheville, N.C., passed away on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at Fleshers Fairview Healthcare Center.

Mr. Sides was born February 18, 1937, in Elmore County, Ala., and was the son of the late Jesse Lee Sides and Tossie Brooks Sides. He was married to the late Margaret Ann Stroud Sides for 52 years.

He established Bible Way Baptist Church in Black Mountain, N.C., which he pastored for many years and was a member of Ostwalt Baptist Church, where he was a Sunday School teacher. He was retired after 32 years of service from the N.C. Department of Transportation as an Engineer and served in the U.S. Army Reserves for seven years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing golf.

He is survived by two daughters, Donna Kay S. Chapman (Phillip) of Fletcher, N.C., and Melinda “Lynn” S. Jordan (Harold “Wayne”) of Blackstock, S.C.; one son, Jeffrey Louis Sides of Lenoir, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Jason Wilson, Jesse Sides, Samantha Sides, Hannah Sides, Christopher Sides, Tori Jordan, and Haley Jordan; six great-grandchildren; four brothers, Jesse J, Thomas, Jerry, and Paul Sides, all of Alabama; and one sister, Paula Sides of Alabama.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at Ostwalt Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Iredell Memorial Gardens Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church.

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Troutman Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Howard Sides.