Raymond "Ray" Paskell Sr.

Saturday, July 30, 1927 - Monday, January 8, 2018

In Loving Memory

Photo of Raymond "Ray" Paskell Sr. - 1927-2018

Sylva – Raymond “Ray” Paskell, Sr., age 90, passed away Monday, January 8, 2018.

Mr. Paskell was born July 30, 1927 in Lyon Mt., New York to the late Ernest Paskell and the late Rose Tromble Paskell.  He had honorably served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. Ray was blessed to have been able to reside in many different areas before making his home in Sylva for the past 8 years. Mr. Paskell was a man of great faith and was a member of LifeWay Community Church. He was a man who gave great encouragement to others and he will always be remembered for his delightful and happy personality and always having fun and being a true jokester. Ray also loved to sing and sang until his day of passing. In the words of his family, “Ray was a very tender hearted person and he will be deeply missed by his family and all who knew him.”     

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 64 years, Virginia Seekins Paskell of Sylva ; his daughters, Linda Adamietz of Spokane, Washington, Becky Douglas of Ft. Pierce, Florida and Judith Peek of Cherokee; his sons, Raymond Paskell, Jr. of Sylva and Danny Paskell of Sylva;  many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; three brothers and three sisters.

A celebration of life service for Mr. Paskell will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 11, 2018 at Lifeway Community Church in Sylva. 

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

Condolences from family and friends


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Ray was such a blessing to me personally and to our LifeWay family. I am honored to have known him. We send our love and prayers to the Paskell family.
Michael Abbott
I'm so sorry for your loss. Mr. Ray will be missed by many people. I will miss him a lot. He always made me laugh with his jokes and his jovial personality. He and wife have been special friends to me for a very long time. The first time I met them I fell in love. He also was a godly man and was at church ever chance he had. I will be praying for the whole family who are left behind. I know you will miss him terribly, especially Mrs. Paskell. Praying for comfort and peace, and happy memories of Mr. Ray. God bless the family.
Rhonda Crisp
It was my pleasure to sit with you and your lovely wife when making my way through Blue Ridge. A soft spoken, gentle soul who shared in stories with me. I will never forget their visits. My heart is saddened but his faith took him home! Prayers to all.
Janet Binkley
Fly High With The Angels! You will be missed.
Donna and Ace Ward
Fly High With The Angels! You will be missed.
Donna and Ace Ward
He was such a blessing in the lives of everyone he met. I will never forget his daily jokes: What did the left eye say to the right eye? Why are you always right?? He taught us all that it doesn't take much to brighten someone's day. He will be missed and we are praying for comfort for your family.
Lauren Weaver
My thoughts and prayers are for the entire Paskell family. Truly sorry for your loss.
Paul Copeland
We are thinking of you guys today and know all too well the pain. We will keep you in our prayers and remember Ray for his joy and cheerful spirit all the years he lived across from us. Much love from Todd and Mary
Todd and Mary Day