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WAYNESVILLE — Bobby Reed Mease, 84, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, at his home surrounded by family.

A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, he was a son of the late Edward Ray and Vera Howell Mease. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Felix Mease.

Bobby lived in the Bethel community and was an active member of the Bethel United Methodist Church and retired from Champion Paper after 40 years.

He was a lifetime farmer and an active member of the NC Cattleman’s Association. Bobby was a U.S. Army veteran and attended N.C. State and Western Carolina University.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Martha Russell Mease; one daughter, Elaine Mease of the home; two sons, David Mease and wife, Leisa and Mark Mease and wife, Windy, all of Waynesville; one brother, James Mease (Dorothy); a sister-in-law, Joyce Mease; four grandchildren, Jesse Mease and wife, Jennifer, Sarah Mease, Jacob Mease, and Taylor Messer and wife, Jordan; six great-grandchildren; and a special longtime caregiver.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, in the Canton Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. David Russell officiating.

Burial will follow at Bethel Community Cemetery. The family will receive friends from noon until 3 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

The care of Mr. Mease has been entrusted to Wells Funeral Homes and an online memorial register is available at “Obituaries” at

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