Hilda E. Pressley
CANTON — Hilda Mae Earley Pressley, 90, passed away on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at Silver Bluff Nursing Home.
A native of Buncombe County, she was the daughter of the late William Calvin and Mary Lucinda Hall Earley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, R. Frank Pressley, who passed away in 2002 and a brother, Wade C. Earley. Hilda’s sole purpose in life was caring for her best friend and husband, Frank. Her love for NASCAR began when Dale Earnhardt, Sr.’s, father, Ralph, raced for Frank. Hilda was an avid Braves fan and a member of First United Methodist Church of Canton.
She is survived by a daughter, Zeata Ruff and her husband, Jim, of Clyde; a son, R. Michael Pressley and his wife, Lynn, of Canton; three sisters, Wilsie Reed and Betty Lou Clontz and her husband, Ayward, all of Canton, and Audrey Baxter, of Asheville; five grandchildren, Tracy Conner and his wife, Debbie, Travis Conner and his wife, Kim, Tyla Moody and her husband, Jason; Dolly Byrd and her husband, Brian, and Jeremy Pressley and his wife, Kristin; and eight great-grandchildren, Kayla, Beau, Kirby and Kaden Conner, Madison Moody, Ellery and Evan Byrd, and Jones Pressley.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, at the Canton Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with the Revs. Jay Meadows. and Richard L. Buff officiating. Burial will follow at Crawford Ray Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Canton Community Kitchen, P.O. Box 513, Canton, NC 28716. For those who desire, an online memorial register is available at www.wellsfuneralhome.com.