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Tanya Lytle

May 05, 1959 - Nov 28, 2023

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Waynesville, NC

Tanya Louise Gavin Lytle, 64, of Waynesville, NC, was called home to Heaven from her home on Tuesday, November 28, 2023, surrounded by her family and the compassionate care of Hospice. A native of Point Isabel, IN, Tanya was the daughter of Janet (Susie) Gavin and the late Richard Gavin. She was also preceded in death by her brother, James Gavin. Tanya is survived and will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 42 years, Bill Lytle; her mother, Jane (Susie) Gavin; two sisters, Lynn Gavin ...Read More

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Norma Jean Hooper

May 16, 1937 - Feb 24, 2024

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Waynesville, NC

Norma Jean Hooper, age 86, of Sylva passed away Saturday, February 24, 2024 at Autumn Care of Waynesville after a period of declining health.Born on May 16, 1937 in Sylva, Jean was the daughter of the late Roy L. Sellers and Bertha Lawing Sellers. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Earl Hooper, infant son Michael D. Hooper, brother Terry Sellers, and sister Betty Owen.Jean is survived by one son Rick Hooper and wife Joan of Sylva; daughter Sherry Hooper of Newland NC; special daughter Andrea Thurn of Newland; sister-in-law Linda Sellers of Columbus, MS; nephew Kim and wife Tammy and nieces Dottie Franklin, Donna Owen, and Pam McIntyre.Jean was a member of New Hope Baptist Church. She loved her church family and could often be found in the kitchen preparing meals for church functions. She was very creative and enjoyed doing a variety of crafts. She also enjoyed gardening and working in her flowers.Jean was a very kind and loving wife and mother. She will be missed by all those who loved her.A funeral service will be held at 1:00 Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at New Hope Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:00 – 1:00 prior to the service.In lieu of flowers donations may be made to New Hope Baptist Church Building Fund PO Box 245 Sylva, NC 28779. Donations may also be made to Brasstown Cemetery Fund c/o Sherry Hooper 1212 Land Harbor Newland, NC 28657.Appalachian Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

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Ronald A (Ron) McFalls

Jan 20, 1956 - Feb 23, 2024

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Waynesville, NC

Ronald A (Ron) McFalls passed away Friday February 23, 2024. He was a native of Haywood County. Ronald was the son of Evelyn Trull McFalls and the late Clyde McFalls. Ron worked at Ken Willsons Ford and devoted 17 years to the parts department. He was a member of Ninevah Baptist Church. Ron enjoyed the outdoors, camping, fishing, and taking care of his yard. He was a master guitar player, but most of all he loved his grandchildren and his great grandchildren. Ron was survived by his loving wife Reva Presnell McFalls of 30 years; two daughters Amy Davis (Joey), and Sarah McFalls; two sons Dylan McFalls (Jessica), and Austin McFalls (Anna), a sister, Debbie McCall, and brother David McFalls. 10 wonderful grandchildren, and 2 amazing great grandchildren, and one on the way. A celebration of life will be held Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 1 pm in the Waynesville Chapel of the Wells Funeral Home with Rev. Pat Kilby and Rev Chad Ellege officiating. The family will receive friends from 11am to 1 pm prior to the services. The family would like to thank Four Seasons Hospice for their love and caring of Ron. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Dementia Alliance of NC 9131 Anson Way, Suite 206, Raleigh, NC 27615. The care of Ron A McFalls has been entrusted to Wells Funeral Home of Waynesville and an online memorial register is available at "Obituaries" at www.wellsfuneralhome.com.

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Robert Eugene Massie

Mar 25, 1933 - Feb 25, 2024

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Waynesville, NC

Robert Eugene Massie passed away Sunday February 25, 2024. He was born to Thomas Guy and Hettie Mock Massie on March 25,1933 in Haywood County. Proceeded in death by parents and sister Lois M. McEdwards, and survived by his wife Sarah Shaw Massie, son David Reagan Massie (Kim), daughter Laura Massie Howell (Dean), grandsons Lucas Dean Howell (Kalei) and Ethan Robert Howell (Brittney), and great granddaughter Emma Mason Howell and great grandson Townes Lucas Howell. Bob became an Eagle Boy Scout in his teen years and later served as Scout Master. He graduated from UNC, Chapel Hill in 1955 with a BS Degree in Business and was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the US Air Force and called to active duty in 1956. Bob met his wife Sarah Shaw while in the service and they were married in 1957. Bob was employed by Peebles-Kimbrell Dept store and Champion paper company upon returning to Waynesville. He then worked in banking from 1962 until he retired in 1996, first for First State Bank and then as a Vice President at Northwestern Bank and First Citizens Bank. He was active in church, civic, and community affairs serving on numerous boards of directors and committees including Waynesville Housing Authority, Haywood County Hospital Foundation, Salvation Army, Downtown Waynesville Association, First United Methodist Church, Waynesville Lions Club, Haywood County Fairgrounds, and Haywood Rod and Gun Club. Bob was a life-long member of First United Methodist Church, serving on the Administrative Board, active in the Pumpkin Patch, Pancake Day and in renovation of the church parsonage. Bob's joys in life were spending time at the family cabin at Lake Glenville, trout fishing, hunting, and fishing at the Rod and Gun Club and all things firewood. Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 29, 2024, at the Waynesville Chapel of Wells Funeral Home. A celebration for family and friends will follow at the Wells Events and Reception Center. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob’s name to First United Methodist Church or Longs Chapel Firewood Ministry (PO Box 611, Waynesville). The care of Mr. Massie has been entrusted to Wells Funeral Home of Waynesville

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Mary Renshaw Buckner

Aug 30, 1931 - Feb 26, 2024

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Waynesville, NC

Mary Renshaw Buckner, 92, passed away on February 26, 2024 at Autumn Care of Waynesville. She was born on August 30, 1931, in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, to the late Earl Ralph Renshaw and Grace Margaret Hanifan. In addition to her parents, Mary is preceded in death by her husband, Billy Jack “B.J.” Buckner; a son, Michael Stuart Harris; and one grandson.Mary was fondly known as the “Bear Lady” by friends and family due to her impressive collection of all things bear. She helped countless patients in various medical settings during her fifty-year career as a registered nurse. Mary was an avid reader and always interested in alternate and natural forms of healing. Through her healing work, she formed many special connections all over the world. She enjoyed traveling around the United States in her Volkswagen camper for several years. The color purple brought Mary much joy, as did Mexican food and watching football games. She spent the last seven years in Haywood County, where she enjoyed spending time with her daughter, Teresa and her husband, Bill.Mary is survived by a daughter, Teresa Jackson, and her husband, Bill, of Waynesville; five grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and several cousins.Per Mary’s wishes, no services will be held at this time.Memorials may be made to Bear Trust International, PO Box 426, Windsor, CO 80550. Or a donation may be made online at beartrust.orgSmoky Mountain Cremations and Funeral Service of Clyde is caring for the familyand the online register is available at www.smokymountaincremations.com.

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Barbara Sue Boyd Prado

Jul 17, 1952 - Feb 21, 2024

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Waynesville, NC

Mrs. Barbara Sue Boyd Prado, age 71, formerly of Washington, and current resident of Waynesville, North Carolina, passed away Wednesday, February 21, 2024, after a long courageous battle with illness.A memorial service will be held at a later date. The family will also receive friends at the homes of her daughters in Washington.Mrs. Prado was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 17, 1952. She was the daughter of the late William Thomas Boyd and the late Janice Buck Boyd. She attended Chocowinity High School and worked in the medical administration field for many years until her health no longer allowed her to do so. She was also a homemaker and loving wife to her husband Albert who survives. Her greatest joys were her grandchildren, whom she adored, and traveling across the country with Albert in their RV. She had a great passion for food and cooking and was always hunting for new recipes to sample and discuss.She is survived along with her husband Albert by her daughters: Melissa Simons of Washington, Melanie Elks and husband Mark of Washington, Candace Little and husband Melvin of Clyde; grandchildren: Haley Schlaeger, Jack Simons, Charlotte Simons and Haeden Little; a brother: Tommy Boyd and wife Barbara of Chocowinity; a sister: Karen Weatherly of Durham; a brother: Billy Boyd and wife Marsha of Blounts Creek; and many special aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.Condolences may be addressed to the family online by visiting www.paulfuneralhome.comPaul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington is honored to serve the Prado family. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Barbara Sue Boyd Prado, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.

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Doug Skidmore

May 09, 1953 - Feb 21, 2024

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Waynesville, NC

Doug “Skid” Skidmore, loving husband, father, papaw and brother, 70, of Waynesville, passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus.He was born May 9th, 1953, in Haywood County, to Lillian Dale and Ollie Joe Skidmore.He was preceded in death by his mother and father, five brothers, five sisters, his son Johnny, and his great-grandson DJ.Doug was a man of God. His family was his everything. Doug was the youngest of 15 children. He could always be found outside working in the garden or taking care of his farm animals. He loved going to McCracken Rest Home and preaching to the residents. The residents were his second family.Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Murlan Skidmore, his children, Ronda Ray (Steven), Jason Skidmore (Becky), Josh Skidmore (Gina), Heather Cresson (Josh), and Thomas and LeeAnn. His sisters are Carolyn Marler, Bertha Fish, Patsy Pridmore, and Gene Skidmore, and he has 10 grandkids, 11 great-grandbabies, who were the love and light of his life, and several special nieces and nephews.Memorial service will be held at 3:00pm on Sunday, February 25th at Canton Community CenterMemorials may be made to the funeral home to assist the family.Smoky Mountain Cremations and Funeral Service of Clyde is caring for the familyand the online register is available at www.smokymountaincremations.com.

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Charles Cook

Feb 14, 1931 - Feb 20, 2024

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Waynesville, NC

Charles Cook Charles Cook passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at Autumn Care of Waynesville after a short illness. Charles was born on February 14, 1931 in Haywood County to the late Hobson and Dora Russell Cook. In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by three brothers, Hoyt, Boyce, and James Robert (Dink). He is survived by his loving wife, Patsy Leatherwood Cook; three sons, Greg Cook (Jenny) of Brownsburg, IN, Brent Cook (Debbie) of Rutherford College, NC and Scott Cook (Teresa) of Waynesville. He was Grandpa to his six beloved grandchildren, Spencer, Caroline and Brody (Greg), Carrie (Brent), Colby and Caden (Scott). Charles was a family man, and a faithful and devoted member and leader of Maple Grove United Methodist Church. Charles graduated from Waynesville Township High School and served in the Army during the Korean War. He worked in the research department of American Enka/BASF for 40 years. He was married to the love of his life, Patsy, for 63 years. Charles was a great outdoorsman. He was a hunter and an avid trout fisherman who tied his own dry flies and traversed dozens of mountain streams with grandchildren and friends. It was often said that his limit of trout would flop out to the truck to greet him before he could get in the stream. He loved camping and enjoying others’ company around a fire. He was a spinner of great tales, the magnitude and embellishments of his stories expanding with each version. Being charged by a wild boar as he fished and the awakening of a hibernating bear were two hair-raising favorites. Spring brought about the planting of his garden and he shared the bountiful harvest with all who would take it. Charles never missed an opportunity to recognize the beauty surrounding him. He spent his last years under the shade of his big oak tree, on the hill at the top of his garden, out in the woods by “his honey bees”, or on the front porch with Patsy, admiring the fields and the mountains dotting the Carolina Blue sky. His quick wit and quips never failed to make you laugh. He was a shining light of positivity to all those around him and treated everyone he came across like family. Charles’s life, light and legacy will continue to shine on in the lives of his friends and family. A visitation will be held at Maple Grove UMC at 2 pm on Friday, February 23 with a funeral service following at 3 pm. Memorials may be made to Maple Grove United Methodist Church (79 Maple Grove Church Road, Waynesville, NC 28786), Friends of the Smokies at https://friendsofthesmokies.org, or The NC Wildlife Resources Commission at https://www.ncwildlife.org/donate The care of Mr. Cook has been entrusted to Garrett Funeral Home of Waynesville. A message of comfort may be made to the family at www.garrettfuneralsandcremations.com

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Doug Skidmore

May 09, 1953 - Feb 21, 2024

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Waynesville, NC

Doug “Skid” Skidmore, 70, of Waynesville, passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus.He was born May 9th, 1953, in Haywood County, to Lillian Dale and Ollie Joe Skidmore.He was preceded in death by his mother and father, six brothers, five sisters, his son Johnny, and his great-grandson DJ.Doug was a man of God. His family was his everything. Doug was the first of 15 children. He could always be found outside working in the garden or taking care of his farm animals. He loved going to McCracken Rest Home and preaching to the residents. The residents were his second family.Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Murlan Skidmore, his children, Ronda Ray (Steven), Jason Skidmore (Becky), Josh Skidmore (Gina), Heather Cresson (Josh), and Thomas and LeeAnn. His sisters are Carolyn Marlen, Bertha Fish, Patsy Pridmore, and Gene Skidmore, and he has 10 grandkids, 11 great-grandbabies, who were the love and light of his life, and several special nieces and nephews.Services will be announced at a later date.Smoky Mountain Cremations and Funeral Service of Clyde is caring for the familyand the online register is available at www.smokymountaincremations.com.

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Anna Lou Thompson

Jul 02, 1932 - Feb 08, 2024

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Waynesville, NC

On Thursday, February 8, Anna Lou (Parker) Thompson (1932-2024) went to live among the stars. She passed peacefully in the arms of her daughter, Tina Masciarelli, and son-in-law, Alex Masciarelli, while in the care of Haywood Hospice and Autumn Care of Waynesville. She was a remarkable woman to all who knew her. Anna grew up in Canton before marrying the love of her life, John Thompson. In 1949 the two embarked on an adventure together, living around the world over the arc of her husband’s distinguished military career in the United States Air Force. Anna was adventurous for a small-town girl. She modeled fur coats for a department store when they were stationed in Washington, DC–regularly appearing on television. She pursued work as a bank teller in Hawaii, San Francisco, Kansas City, San Antonio, Orlando, and Washington. In Hawaii, Anna also ran the NCO Wives Club and organized weekly bridge dates for the women to keep each other company while their husbands worked long hours toward the Vietnam War effort. In 1973 she buried her husband when she was 41 and went on to raise their three children–playing the role of mother and father. Anna loved learning. She chased her dream of going to college in her 50’s by completing a degree in Business Administration from Haywood Community College and graduated with academic honors. Tired of feeling “ripped off'' every time her car needed repairs, Anna then completed a degree in Auto Mechanics and even rebuilt the motor in her late husband’s Chevrolet Impala. A degree in carpentry then followed so she felt equipped to maintain the home she created for herself and her children in the heart of Bethel, a community she loved. Being a mother was her greatest achievement which she often cited as the best, hardest job. Later in life, Anna worked as a sales associate at Belk. Then she spent much of her retirement years working in the hospitality industry. Anna was a lover of people and enjoyed sharing the history of the area with hotel guests from far and wide. Anna was a woman of tremendous faith in God and was active in her many church communities throughout her lifetime–most impressively spending decades in pursuit of scholarly study of the Bible. When asked to provide an occupation for her death certificate, “trailblazer” seemed the best fit for a life lived so fully. "Love-giver" and "smile-maker" also came to mind. Her superpower was making others feel seen and quite special. She loved fearlessly and without hesitation. Anna saw each of us not for who we think we are, but rather the embodiment of our fullest potential that she could color in such rich detail that you, yourself, began to believe. Anna possessed the strength of a lion and the gentleness of an angel’s kiss. To our family, she was our anchor. The keeper of truths, family history, and generational treasures. Blue was her favorite color–especially blue skies and blue seas. Anna was predeceased by her husband, USAF Chief Master Sergeant John C. Thompson; her parents, Hubert and Lucille Parker; and her brother, Jerry. Anna is survived by her three children, Tina Masciarelli (Alex) of Waynesville, Johnny Thompson (Sonya) formerly of Haywood County and Danny Thompson (Susan) of Smyrna, Tennessee; daughter-in-law Tamie Thompson Mull of Canton; eight grandchildren, Sophia Masciarelli, Fiona Masciarelli (Luís Paulo Hemmer), Olivia Masciarelli, Chad Carver (Molly), Zack Carver, Beth Thompson, Kevin Thompson (Amesha) and Laura Thurman (Caleb); and nine great-grandchildren, Dominic Carver, Lola Carver, Gatlin Carver, Zoe Carver, Ava Carver, Bonnie Dubbs, Brayden Thompson, Cohen Thurman and Ellie Thurman. Anna is also survived by two of her four sisters-in-law whom she admired throughout her life–Joan Parker of Canton and Mildred Banks of Canton. To the very end, Anna maintained her kindness, grace, unwavering faith in God, compassion, appreciation of beauty, love of family and friends, and expressed gratitude for her long life, full of endless wonder. Anna counted herself as both feminist and servant, patriot and fierce believer in democracy. She was a strong woman who faced every challenge in her life with courage and dignity. Over her 91 years, Anna lived through extraordinary moments in history and used the lessons learned to shape the wisdom that guided her. Mother, you will always be in our hearts. Like the little love notes you were so famous for writing, we will forever see your magnificent blue eyes shining in the stars above us. We love you so much. Fly high dear angel. “Gonna take a sentimental journey. Gonna set my heart at ease…Gotta take that sentimental journey. Sentimental journey home.” A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Anna’s earthly body was placed in the loving care of Crawford/Ray Funeral Home. Her ashes will be interred with her husband in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Thompson family.

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Earl Gary Finney

May 16, 1946 - Feb 18, 2024

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Waynesville, NC

Earl Gary FinneyEarl Gary Finney 77 of Waynesville passed away on February 18, 2024.  Graveside Services will be held Thursday February 22, 2024 at Fulbright Cemetery in Waynesville.  The family will receive friends from 12:00 to 1:45 prior to the service.The complete obituary will be published when completed.Smoky Mountain Cremations and Funeral Service in Clyde NC is caring for the Finney family.

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