Jimmy and Polly Sloan

- Friday, April 12, 2019

Together Forever

Photo of Jimmy and Polly Sloan  - -2019

Canton-“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

Revelation 21:4 (KJV)


During the late morning hours of Friday, April 12, 2019, James “Jimmy” Weaver Sloan, age 72, and Polly Palmer Sloan, age 71, passed away within hours of each other. This was truly a mirror image of their lives and abiding love. As Jim and Polly walked through life together, they also entered the gates of Heaven together.

Jimmy was a lifelong resident of Haywood County and the son of Mildred Moore Sloan of the Bethel Community and the late John “Jack” Weaver Sloan. He was a graduate of Bethel High School and was awarded a basketball scholarship to attend Gardner Webb College in Boiling Springs and later attended Mars Hill College.  Jimmy honored his country as serving in the United States Army during the Vietnam War Era.  He received two Associate Degrees from Haywood Community College. Jimmy enjoyed both carpentry and building. For him it was more than a hobby, and he frequently blessed friends and family members with his gifts and abilities. He was also the developer and proprietor of Laurel Park, Mobile Homes in Canton.  Jimmy was an amazing individual, who overcame obstacles that most people would never attempt to conquer.  He was a man of high morals, a man of strong conviction, and was indeed a man with a generous and loving heart. Jimmy’s kind smile, his unyielding courage, and his devotion to his family will never be forgotten.     

Polly also grew up in Haywood County. She was the daughter of the late Mary Davis Palmer and the late Gudger Palmer. She was a graduate of Canton High School and continued her education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she received a Bachelor’s Degree and later received a Master’s Degree from Western Carolina University. For years, Polly served as a librarian at Haywood Community College, where she retired with many years of dedicated service. During her tenure as the college librarian, she met the love of her life and her best friend, Jimmy Sloan, and this began their dedicated and love-filled relationship. Polly was often described as one of the “best people one would ever meet.” She was a humble, tenderhearted, and caring person. She and Jimmy were inseparable, doing life side by side, each and every day. They were partners and best friends in the truest sense. Together they shared 34 years of a wonderful life. They were a genuine example of true love, dedication, loyalty and respect.  

Faith was an important part of both Jimmy and Polly’s lives. Their relationship with Jesus impacted every part of their lives. They were both dedicated members of Canton Central United Methodist Church. They loved their families deeply and their grandchildren were their pride and joy. As we say goodbye to our beloved Polly and Jimmy, our hearts are broken. But we choose to remember the joy that they brought into our lives.  We choose to celebrate who they were and the impact they made on everyone they met.  We give thanks to God for them, their legacy, and for their faith, which will continue to carry their family members through this next season of life.

Surviving are Jimmy’s mother, Mildred Moore Sloan of Canton; their son, Reverend James “Chad” Chadwick Sloan and his wife, Sarah of Mount Ulla, North Carolina; the grandchildren who they treasured, James Michael, Christian Carter, Emery Britton, and Haven Noelle Sloan; siblings of Jimmy, Kaye Sloan Riddle and her husband, Roger of Waynesville, Gary Moore Sloan of Canton and John Bowman Sloan and his wife, Kray of Canton. Jimmy and Polly are also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.   

A funeral service to celebrate the life of Polly and Jimmy will be held at 3:00 pm Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Canton Central United Methodist Church.  Reverend Paul Brown and Reverend James Chadwick Sloan will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the church prior to the funeral service from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm. Burial will be in Bethel Community Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made toward two important organizations which Jim and Polly gave of their time and resources. The Lions Clubs International: www.lionsclubs.org/en/donate or The Cataloochee Capital Fund: c/o Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, PO Box 3179, Asheville, NC 28802.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Sloan family.

Condolences from family and friends


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Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family during this time. I was always so happy to see Jimmy and Polly out and about, they were always so happy.
Angie West Lowe
Our Daddy thought the world of Jimmy. He was good to our family. Polly was sent by God to be Jimmy's helpmate and together they were an inspiration to many. We are praying for all of you during this time.
Gary West Family
To the family Jimmy and Polly Sloan we have known them 25 years and they are the finest people we have known. We will miss them terribly.They have always been a bright spot in our lives.They are the true meaning of what it's like to take care of one another and always do the right thing and be humble and kind.We said many prayers for the family the last couple of days and will continue to do so. I f there is anything my family can do for your family please let us know.We are in Chipper Wood.They are in Heaven Sweet Heaven together!
Cynthia Bradley and Cindy Payne
Jim and Polly were great friends to our family and the Francis Grist Mill. Jim was one of the first people to encourage the restoration of the mill and was on site for part of the work. Jim and Polly were community oriented and helped many folks in the neighborhood. Our Grandchildren loved seeing " Mr. Jim and Miss Polly," The Sloan's always greeted the grandchildren with a warm smile, hug and we're genuinely interested in what they were doing. We will miss their visits but thankful they are " together forever. " Prayers for family and friends
Tim and Tanna Timbes
Jim and Polly were great friends to our family and the Francis Grist Mill. Jim was one of the first people to encourage the restoration of the mill and was on site for part of the work. Jim and Polly were community oriented and helped many folks in the neighborhood. Our Grandchildren loved seeing " Mr. Jim and Miss Polly," The Sloan's always greeted the grandchildren with a warm smile, hug and we're genuinely interested in what they were doing. We will miss their visits but thankful they are " together forever. " Prayers for family and friends
Tim and Tanna Timbes
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Jimmy and Polly. Two of the nicest and sweetest people I have ever met. Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers. May the Lord keep them in the palm of His hand and let light perpetual shine upon them.
JoAnne M. Smythe
We are saddened with the loss of these two wonderful people.. our thoughts and prayers are with Chad and the rest of their family. May God wrap his arms around you in this time.
Frank and Randi Smith
Our prayers and thoughts are with the Sloan family. I worked with Gary 35 years ago, and we’ve kept in touch. I met Jim and most of His siblings, and his delightful mother, one time when we were returning to Tennessee from the beach. I had spoken with both Jim and Polly over the few days ago about Gary’s recovery from his surgery. The loss is so sad.
Grant and Virginia Ashley
Love& Prayers to the Family.
Teddy Trull &Jackie Trull
God bless this wonderful family during this sad time.our families have gotten smaller but we have such wonderful memories of growing up with you all.we have lost many of our sweet family.our hearts goes out to you all..the family of the late Freeman and Betty Trull
Betty jo ruff
My prayers are with you and your family Chad I am so sorry for your lost.
Jill Curtis
Jim was my best friend at Haywood Community College. I Tutored him and he taught how to trout fish. I tutored him in a real estate course after graduating in recreational leadership and I don't know how but he made a better grade than I. I do know how Jim was smart, funny, kind, loving, gentle and compassionate. We all parted ways after graduation. Jim married Polly and I moved across the state. Twenty some years later my oldest daughter decided to go to Western. I called Jim and Polly and it was like we had never parted. They took my daughter under their glorious wings, they fixed her car several times and invited all of her friends to pizza on Friday nights. My daughter loved Jim and Polly as much as I did. I am so thankful that she was blessed to have been their friend because that is how I feel to have known Jim and Polly Sloan--Blessed
Deborah Brown Willadson
I know you will be missed in our community. But I think God wanted them both because they were always together.You were a good couple to everyone that met you all. Kind and caring. Glad to say I went to school with Jimmy.
Peggy Reece
My prayers for you all. Love and hugs for each of you.
Margie lee
Heaven gained two wonderful souls. May the great memories lessen your sorrows and may gods grace comfort you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you
Sharon and Roger Free
Oh Mildred, we are so sorry, I just read about this tragedy, I can’t believe it. I read it over and over, I guess just hoping it was not true...May God be with you and your family during this time, his love will comfort you....
Janie & Larry Oakley
Gary, I am so sorry to hear about this. I know that you and your family are grieving now. My heart goes out to you, David, Thomas, Millie, and especially your Mom. God is holding all of you very tightly now..
Liz Roberts Kodzai
I knew both of these truly wonderful and unique people. I went to school through grade school up until 9th grade, with Jimmy, and at that time started going to Canton High where Polly attended, and, also, I too grew up at Central Methodist in Canton, and knew Polly and her parents there. They were very special people and a very special couple. This time, God just took of our best at the same time. His will, not our be done. I remember them both with such fondness and gentle memories.
Rita J Mathews
I'm so very sorry for your loss! My Prayers and Thoughts are with you and your family during this time! All my love
Charlene Coxey
So sorry for your loss. They were wonderful people.
Dedee Hall
I remember Polly when she worked at Haywood Community College. I was going to school at the college at the time, and my friends and I would spend a lot of time in the library. I can remember that she was such a kind lady. I enjoyed seeing her on a daily basis, because she would always greet me with a smile. You could tell that she loved what she did, and she had a heart for students. Thankful for her service to our community in an educational capacity and her heart.
Wendy Patton
My condolences to Jim and Polly's son, his wife, and children during this time of grief and sorrow. May God hold you all in the hollow of His hand.
Colleen Turnage
Dear Chad, Sarah and grand children, SO sorry for this unexpected loss. Fill your heart with the loving memories you will have for the rest of your lives. I sure God is with all of you. Love and blessings, Kathryn
Jon and Kathryn Bartley
I've know Jimmy for many years, and met Polly when they married. I was heartbroken to hear about what happened to them. The thought came to me, Jimmy can now see! It was a comfort, knowing that and the fact that they went together to Heaven. Jimmy didn't let his disability define him. I remember when he was on top of his home putting on shingles. He did so much in his life, more than most of us will do in a lifetime. Jimmy was best friends with my brother, J. D. Grant, so we saw Jim doing things with him. Always happy and busy. We loved you Jim and Polly!
Regenia and Bryon Deaver
Jimmy & Polly were our Good Friends. Jimmy was also our Land Lord for 10 years in Laurel Park before our moving .Jimmy & Polly were a Sweet Couple whom we loved very much .We have a lot of good memories being with them .To chad & Family We Send our Prayers & Love For Peace & Comfort for the Days ahead .
Mary Sue Pressley & Rev. Neil Pressley
When we were newly weds in the mid seventies we moved to Lake Junaluska. We knew no one. I was very lonely, that is when we met our neighbor Polly. We had a lot in common, we both loved pets and house plants. My husband and I got to know her parents and even her Aunt Hattie (who loved Elvis). Polly’s mother supplied us with baked goods. When we moved to Brevard we stayed in touch with letters and cards. Unfortunately we only got to meet Jim once. I am so glad they found each other. She was always talking about Jim’s grandchildren,she loved them. We often talked about getting together but life got in the way I guess. So sad we can’t get together and reminisce.
Mae and Larry Clayton
My prayers and God's peace and comfort be with all the family of Jim and Polly. There are few words to describe these two people who showed kindness and love to everyone.
Pam Ledford
Jim and Polly Sloan were two of the kindest people I knew. I waited on them every week at Angelo's Pizza for years and made friends with them outside of the restaurant as well. My heart and prayers go out to their family and friends. They will be truly missed by all.
Amy Jenkins Donaghy
It has been quite difficult for us to reconcile the loss of two of the finest people we’ve ever known. Sarah and I will always remember and share the fact that some of the most memorable times in our lives were spent in the company of Jim and Polly. To Chad, our deepest condolences for this untimely loss. Please remember that our relationship transcends a mere friendship. We are brothers, and as your brother, please know that you, your wife and children, and the entirety of your family will be supported and prayed for. Though Jim and Polly have moved on to a better place, you will never be alone.
Christopher Upton
They will be greatly missed in our community and my family will always remember the fun times we had with them. We love and miss them both, they were always so sweet no matter what u did or who you were.
Candy Warren
They will be greatly missed in our community and my family will always remember the fun times we had with them. We love and miss them both, they were always so sweet no matter what u did or who you were.
Candy Warren
My condolences to the family. I enjoyed their friendship In my younger years.
Sandra Ramsey Anderson
I am sorry my message is so late in being sent. I have thought of the Sloan family since learning of Jim and Polly's passing. I am so very sorry for your loss and I am confident that the loss, of these two special folks, has been devastating to your family. I am now retired from my employment from the NC Division of Services for the Blind. It was through my employment that I became acquainted with Jim and, of course, where there was Jim, there was Polly, so I got to know Polly also. I never saw one without the other and it was quite apparent that they were devoted to one another. They had such similar personalities...both were quiet, unassuming, sweet, friendly, welcoming, and both showed a genuine concern and love for others. I knew Jim to be a man of many talents, who did not allow his vision loss to prevent him from doing any task that was required at any given time. He was quite an amazing man. When I learned of the passing of this special couple, one of my first thoughts was that Jim can now see Polly. I hope that thought, coupled with the knowledge that Jim and Polly touched many lives with their faith and devotion to each other, helps to ease the burden of their passing. My thoughts and prayers have been with your family and will continue to be in the days and weeks ahead. You have my love and my deepest sympathy.
Susan Ferguson