James "Sam" Landis Styles

Sunday, October 12, 1941 - Wednesday, May 1, 2024

In Loving Memory

Photo of James "Sam" Landis Styles  - 1941-2024

James Landis “Sam” Styles, age 82, formerly of 592 Mouzon Road, Lake Junaluska, NC, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 1, 2024. Sam was born in Waynesville, NC on October 12, 1941, the son of the late Jack Coburn Styles of Bryson City, NC, and the late Betty Jane Sease of Waynesville, NC.

The nickname “Sam” was attached to James at an early age and continued for the remainder of his life. Sam attended Waynesville Township High School for a period of time before transferring to Erwin High School in Buncombe County, NC, where he participated in sports and was a drum major in the band.

Upon graduation, Sam enrolled at Western Carolina University (known then as Western Carolina College), earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Textiles. Following graduation from “Western”, he was immediately employed by American Enka Corporation of Asheville, NC in its sales force and was sent to New York City, where he flourished in his work.

Sam came naturally equipped for his role in sales; he was one of those people who “never met a stranger” and collected many friendships in his lifetime, both business and personal, including several of the retired ministers in his Lake Junaluska neighborhood who made him their “house watcher” during the winter months, and affectionately entitling him “Mayor of Mouzon.”

Thus began a long career in textile equipment sales with several companies located in the United States, Switzerland, and South America as he gained expertise in the field.

In 1986, Same married Bonnie Elizabeth Brown from Eastern North Carolina, and they settled in their new house in Lake Junaluska, where Sam became self-employed as Styles Enterprises, spending much time as a traveling salesman. Sam and Bonnie lived as a couple until Bonnie’s untimely passing in 2017. Sam had health issues of his own at the time but recovered and lived at home for several years until moving to assisted living in Candler, NC in 2022. After a short hospitalization (in 2023) Sam moved to a rehabilitation facility in 2023 for several months until March 2024, when he moved to Memory Care assistance in Hendersonville, NC.

Sam is survived by several cousins who wish to thank with most appreciation the most helpful and caring assistance given by the employees at The Villa, The Manor, and Heritage Hills Memory Care.

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


Condolences from family and friends

Sam was a wonderful friend and neighbor to us. I loved calling him "the Mayor of Mouzon." He will be remembered fondly by all that knew he and his wife, Bonnie.
Lisa Devlin Patten
Thanks for being my friend in school and later in life. You will be missed. 
Phillis Rarcliff
We have a long history with Sam. I will always remember him riding his bike about a mile to my house after school in seventh grade. He always liked to remind me I was older than him! Band trips, cruising the lake in Mike's jeep during the summer and double dating with "the Bean" (his stepfather) and Betty driving us before we could drive ourselves legally! He always showed up when he visited Betty and we would enjoy remembering the good old times. He called Mike "Boostie" and would perk up when Mike told him Boostie was here! We will miss him. There was never a dull moment around Sam! I'm sure Sam and our friend Lynda Henry are having a blast causing all kinds of mischief. We miss them both!
Mike and Judy Leatherwood
I had the pleasure of meeting Sam who was a dear friend of my papaw, when he lived at Pisgah Manor. Always the sweetest and happiest of people. He will be dearly missed.
Brandi Guffey