WAYNESVILLE — Ralph Douglas Pressley, 62, of the Bethel community, passed away unexpectedly at his residence on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020.

A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Earl Lynn Pressley and the late Eula Mae Shytle Pressley.

A 1976 graduate of Tuscola High School, he had been employed by Winn-Dixie and by Ingles as a meat cutter from the age of 16. We give thanks for the life of Ralph Pressley, and his memory will remain with those who knew him forever.

Surviving is a sister, Joy Pressley Newton and her husband David of Waynesville; and his border collie, Smoke.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, in the chapel of Crawford/Ray Funeral Home in Canton. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service.

Pastor Gary Putnam and Pastor Bryan Myers will be officiating. Burial will follow in the Bethel Community Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are: Dick Rogers, Lewis Cooke, Jimmie Smathers, Mike Milner, James Conard, and Larry Wyatt.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Haywood County lunch program.

Crawford/Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Pressley family and words of comfort may be shared at www.CrawfordRay.com.

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