A Heart of Gold
CANTON — John “J.P.” Patton Mashburn, 64, of Dix Creek Road, entered his Heavenly home on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013.
Mr. Mashburn was born February 1, 1949 in Swain County to the late Luther Mashburn and the late Wilma Stiles Mashburn. He had resided in Haywood County most of his life and was a United States Army Veteran serving during the Vietnam era. J.P. was an employee of the Town of Canton where he made life- lasting friendships and retired in 2011 after many years of dedicated service. He was a faithful member of Riverside Baptist Church where he had served as a Deacon, an usher and had also been a member of the church choir. J.P. could often be found working in his garden, hiking and spending time outdoors and in the mountains that he called home. He truly had a “heart of gold” and was was always willing to lend a helping hand to everyone. In the words of his family, “J.P. was a good husband, father, grandfather and brother."
Surviving are his loving wife of 41 years, Elizabeth Deaver Mashburn; a son, Tony Mashburn and his wife, Tiare Mashburn of Waynesville; grandchildren, Emma and Moriah Mashburn; sisters, Catherine Chambers and her husband, Charles Chambers of Canton, Carolyn McConnell and her husband, Jim McConnell of Candler, Joyce Smith and her husband, Daniel Smith of Candler; brothers, Hugh Mashburn and his wife, Diana Mashburn of Mills River, Ronnie Mashburn and his wife, Sherry Mashburn of Waynesville, Terry Mashburn and his wife, Lisa Mashburn of Canton and Mike Mashburn and his wife, Ginger Mashburn of Canton.
The funeral service was held at 4 p.m. Sunday, August 25, 2013 at Riverside Baptist Church. The Revs. J.D. Grant and Steve Frazier officiated. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery. The family received friends at the church one hour prior to the funeral service.
Memorials may be made in Mr. Mashburn’s memory to the Riverside Cemetery Fund, 2171 Lake Logan Road, Waynesville, NC 28786.
Crawford / Ray Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Mashburn family and words of comfort may be shared at www.crawfordray.com