Maxie Lee Stamey

Maxie Stamey

CANTON — Maxie Lee Stamey, a man with a kind, caring, gentle heart and a man who was blessed with 94 years of a wonderful life, entered into his eternal heavenly home on Sunday, Jan. 27,2019.

Mr. Stamey was born June 10, 1924, to the late Mack Stamey and the late Belle Welch Stamey, and was a lifelong resident of Haywood County.

He had honorably served his country as a World War II Navy veteran and retired from Champion International with 43 years of dedicated service. Mr. Stamey was a member of the VFW, The American Legion and was honored as being the oldest member of the Canton Moose Lodge.

Maxie was a friend to everyone and he certainly will be missed by his buddies at the Midway Garage Liars Club, when they gather to fellowship and discuss every topic “under the sun.”

Maxie’s strong allegiance to the Atlanta Braves was well known by his friends and family. He dedicated his life to always helping others and gave of his time volunteering for many years at the Brian Center in Waynesville, where he brought much joy into the lives of those who just needed a friend.

Mr. Stamey was a member of Canton Presbyterian Church. He held a strong faith, loved his family and served his country with courage and great pride.

“Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Clara Chapman Stamey; a grandson, Taft Noland; a great-granddaughter, Kelsey Hannah; three brothers and one sister.

Surviving are his children, Judith Stamey Robertson and Larry, Easley, South Carolina, David Stamey and Denise, Clyde and Darryel Stamey, Canton; eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, a sister, Barbara Knowles, Clyde and many friends.

A graveside funeral service with military honors will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at Garrett–Hillcrest Memorial Park in Waynesville.

The Rev. Esta Jarrett will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service from 1 until 2 p.m. prior to the graveside service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mr. Stamey’s memory to Eliada Home for Children, 2 Compton Drive, Asheville, NC 28806.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Stamey family and words of comfort may be shared at

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