Grace M. Cairnes

Aug 09, 2014

Loved By Everyone

CANTON — Grace Mann Cairnes, 91, of Cairnes Circle, our beloved mother and nanny, passed away into the arms of her heavenly father Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.

Grace was a lifelong native of Haywood County and was the daughter of the late Willie Z. Mann and the late Inis Worley Mann. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilson Cairnes, in 1984, and also her sister, Gladys Hipps. Grace and her husband were the co-owners of Cairnes Grocery in Canton for many years, where they made many friendships that have lasted a lifetime. Grace was a faithful member of Ridgeway Baptist Church, where she had served as chairwoman of the kitchen committee, was a devoted nursery and Bible school worker and was also a longtime member of the Nannie Muse Sunday School Class. Her life and ministry was always being there for others, cooking for her family and friends and being of service to her community. Everyone loved Grace’s delicious applesauce stack cake and she enjoyed canning from her bountiful vegetable garden and working in her flower garden.  She was also a talented artisan who designed and made gorgeous handmade quilts that were admired by everyone.

Grace loved listening to music, and she beamed with pride listening to the music of Balsam Range, of which her beloved grandson is a member. Grace was a gift to all who knew her. She was indeed a blessing to her family, her church and her community, and her spirit will live on through the lives she has touched.

She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Cairnes Surrett, of Canton; her son, Michael Cairnes and wife, Denise, of Canton; grandchildren, Tim Surrett and wife, Hope, Christy Parker and husband, Joey, Jenny Stamey and husband, Denny, Casey Chambers, Jeff Cairnes and wife, Debbie, and Kim Ball and husband, Lee; great-grandchildren, Paige Bridges and husband, Butch, Jared Parker, Jonathan Cairnes, Caleb Chambers, Carmen Stamey, Colby Chambers, Jessica Cairnes, Carter Ball, Carly Ball and Braden Surrett; great-great-grandchildren, Tytus and Peyton Bridges; brothers, Bud Mann and wife, Betty Jean, of Pikeville, Tennessee, and Tom Mann and wife, Wanda, of Canton; and Grace’s loyal and best friend, her dog, Rusty.

A celebration of Grace’s life will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11, at Ridgeway Baptist Church in Candler. The Rev. Jackie Collins will be officiating. Burial will follow at Beaverdam Community Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. at the church prior to the service. At other times, the family will be at the home of her daughter, Carolyn Surrett, 47 Rhoda St., Canton.

Memorials may be made to Relay for Life of Canton, C/O American Cancer Society, 120 Executive Park, Bldg. 1, Asheville, NC 28801 or Ridgeway Baptist Church Shoebox Ministry, 525 Old NC 19/23 Hwy, Candler, NC 28715.

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

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