Family speaks after fatal wreck on Grant Mountain Road

The family of William Zerr, a Henderson County man who died in a car wreck on Grant Mountain Road on Wednesday, wants the public to know he was a kind and caring man. (Photo credit: Family)

The family of William Zerr, a Henderson County man who died in a car wreck on Grant Mountain Road on Wednesday, wants the public to know he was a kind and caring man.

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According to the family, Zerr left his house yesterday morning for an appointment at the Veteran’s Hospital. His wife, Doris, was concerned before he left because of the heavy rain.

“The last thing I said to him before he left the house was to be careful. Just be careful,” she said.

The two were married for 47 years, and Doris said they loved to laugh and dance together.

“We got married when my boys were little. He loved them, and I loved him. He was a good father,” Doris said.

When she couldn’t reach her husband on his cell phone throughout the day, she became increasingly concerned. About 2 p.m., she knew something was wrong.

“He likes to watch “The Bold and the Beautiful” with me. That’s our favorite, and, when he wasn’t home, I just knew,” said Doris.

The N.C. Highway Patrol said about 6 p.m., a family noticed the tire tracks off the side of the road and the SUV about 150 feet down the side of the mountain.

His daughter, Kat Steves, said it was excruciating not knowing where her father was. She was devastated when she found out her father was only six miles away from his home.

“He was there all day long, and nobody knew he was there,” said Kat.

She said her father was a brave man who served in the Army and Marines. “My dad passed away when I was 17-years-old, so he became my dad.” ” He was a good dad. He always told me he loved me, called me sweet pea,” said Kat.

Kat said her father was also a strong man who beat cancer, survived a massive heart surgery and overcame an alcohol addiction. She said he was getting ready…

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