Grady Rathbone

Apr 23, 2014

Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather

CLYDE — Grady Rathbone, 84, of Anielee Lane, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at his residence.

A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Arthur and Nancy Packet Rathbone. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Roddy Ray and Curtis Rathbone; stepson, Eddie Black; two sisters, Gracie Price and Hazel Kirkpatrick; and three brothers, Johnny, Wibur and Holis Rathbone. Grady retired from APAC at the asphalt plant with 37 years of service.  After retiring he worked in maintenance at Cold Spring Ranch. Grady was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Helen Gibson Rathbone; three daughters, Vivian Price (Bill), of Waynesville; Vonda Williams, of Tennessee and Valerie King; a son, Grady Lee Rathbone (Jenny), of Clyde; two stepdaughters, Linda Black and Barbara Payne, both of Waynesville; a stepson, Kenneth Black, of Tennessee; a sister, Violet Earley, of Clyde; 22 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Rathbone Cemetery beside the home with Rev. Vincent Price officiating. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the home.

The family would like to thank Hospice and Dr. Kinter for all their kindness and help that was shown during Grady’s illness.

Wells Funeral Homes & Cremation Services of Waynesville is in charge of arrangements.  An online memorial register is available at