Clyde “Walton” Luck, 78, of Asheville, passed away at his home at 10:38 AM on January 11, 2019 with a hospice nurse and his husband Ned by his side. He is preceded in death by his parents John Walton Luck and Lona Smith Luck. He is survived by his husband, Ned Darr, brother Thomas H. Luck, sister-in-law Gail Luck, nephew Nathan Luck and wife Paige and daughter Isabel “Izzy” J. Luck, and nephew Kevin Luck.
Walton was born and raised in Sanford, NC and was the eldest of John Walton Luck and Lona Smith Luck.
He graduated from the Ringling School of Art and Design, (Renamed the Ringling College of Art & Design) in Sarasota, Florida in 1963, majoring in Interior Design.
After graduating, he worked as an Interior Designer in Orlando, Florida.
Afterwards, he worked for Payne Fabrics in Dayton, Ohio which is a wholesale decorative fabric supplier.
Walton then moved to Washington D.C. and opened Darr-Luck Associates, Inc. with his partner Ned Darr and were suppliers of interior furnishings to Interior Design firms and Architects.
After selling the business Walton and Ned retired and moved to their vacation home on Peaks Island on the coast of Maine, and later moved to Ocean park on the mainland.
To keep his hand in the fabric business, Walton worked as Home Décor Manager at the JoAnn Fabric Store in Portland, Maine.
He and Ned moved to Asheville about 9 years ago.
Walton loved to cook, with French cuisine being a favorite. He learned early on from Julia Child’s television show and cookbooks.
For many years he created the exact Thanksgiving dinner that Gourmet Magazine had pictured.
Ned used to tell people that he met Walton 100 pound ago.
Walton and Ned had been together for almost 57 years, being legally married on April 15, 2015.
They met in 1961, while both were attending Ringling, studying Interior Design.
Walton will be cremated and he’ll rest in the Flat Springs Baptist Church cemetery in Sanford.
A Simple Cremation in Candler is caring for the family.