Ralph C. Stiles

Mar 08, 2012

1938 - 2012

CANTON —Ralph C. Stiles, 74, of 90 Stiles Road, died Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at MedWest-Haywood.

A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, he was a son of the late Carl and Maggie Chapman Stiles.  He retired from Champion International with 40 years of service. Ralph was a very active member of Plains United Methodist Church and was a member of Mountain Top Emmaus and Chrysalis communities. He was a founding member with the North Canton Volunteer Fire Department.  Ralph’s interests included a love for the outdoors and he was truly a “Man of God.”  He served as a father figure to many.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Carolyn Sue Gates Stiles of Canton; one daughter, Amy S. Turner and her husband, Matthew, of Douglasville, Georgia; one son, Timothy Gregg Stiles, and his wife, Annette, of Waynesville; a sister, Mary Stiles Meade of Canton; three grandchildren, Rubye Caroline Stiles, Megan Paige and Bradley Garrett Turner; two special nieces; Patricia and Mary Margaret Meade; and a great-nephew, Jackson Meade.

A celebration of the life of Ralph Stiles will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 10, in the Canton Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with the Rev. Ryan Snider officiating.  The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Plains United Methodist Church, c/o Maxine Kinsland, P.O. Box 42, Canton, NC  28716 or to Mountain Top Emmaus, 278 Rolling Green Drive, Sylva, NC  28779.

For those who desire, an online memorial register is available at www.wellsfuneralhome.com.