Joseph "Joe" Samuel Gaddis

Wednesday, April 12, 1944 - Tuesday, November 14, 2023

A Heart of Gold

Photo of Joseph "Joe" Samuel Gaddis  - 1944-2023

Canton- During the peaceful late evening hours of Tuesday, November 14, 2023, Joseph “Joe” Samuel Gaddis, age 79, entered into his glorious place of eternal rest.

Born on April 12, 1944, in Haywood County, Joe’s life was marked by the rugged spirit of the mountains he called home. For 16 years, he brought the Old West to life at Ghost Town Entertainment Attraction located in Maggie Valley where he proudly donned the hat and spurs of a gunfighter cowboy. Joe embraced his mountain heritage with a passion that resonated with everyone who knew him.

But Joe wasn’t just a cowboy at work- he was a cowboy at heart. His love for square dancing was as infectious as his smile, and whenever the fiddles and banjos struck up a country tune, you could bet that Joe and his beloved wife Brenda would be the first ones on the dance floor. They danced with several teams in our community, and a special memory was dancing with the Land of the Sky Cloggers and performing at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville where they  “brought the house down” with the team’s great performance.

Thirty- five years ago, Joe and Brenda embarked on a journey that added another chapter to their lives story. A trip to Tennessee turned into a special moment in the back of Temple Feed and Seed Hardware Store in Sevierville, where they exchanged wedding vows before a Justice of the Peace. It was a perfect day and a perfect everlasting memory for both of them.

Joe was an adventurer at heart. He was always agreeable to go along with Brenda anywhere she decided they should go. Whether he was casting a line into the cool mountain streams as an avid fisherman or sharing stories with friends and family, Joe embraced life with open arms.

 As we remember Joe, we recall the mischievous twinkle in his eye and also the warmth of his smile, and the deep love he held for his family. In the touching words of his dear Brenda, “Joe will always be my cowboy, and my heart is shattered at losing him.”

Today we celebrate the joy that he brought to our lives. Joe Gaddis, the cowboy with a heart of gold, will never be forgotten.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Allen Gaddis and Bertha Wyatt Gaddis; his daughter, Kimberly Gaddis; brothers, Billy Wayne Gaddis and Charles Gaddis, sisters, Martha Harrell and Ola Broome.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Brenda Edwards Gaddis of Canton; his son, Stevie Gaddis of Waynesville;  his daughter, Jennifer Maynor of Florida and Tammy Gregory of Clyde; his other children,  Tony Justice of Waynesville and Jennifer Price of Canton; 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; and many friends.

A celebration of life service to honor Joe will be held at a later date.

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

Condolences from family and friends

All my love and sympathy to all the family... Hugs to you Brenda. I know he was your rock.
Deb Phillips
Jennifer So sorry to hear of your daddy’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers
Brenda, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Joe. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Let us know if we can do anything for you guys. Love, Tommy and Trisha
Tommy & Trisha Bradley
Brenda,Joe is in the presence of those who went ahead of him to glory. I’ll be praying for you and your family. Remember God’s promise to see him again as he’s just gone from your sight.
Mike Freeman
Brenda and family, we are so sorry to hear about Joe. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
Eddie and Debbie Underwood
I am sorry to hear of your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Amy Collins
So sorry to hear about Joe. He was always Joe where ever you saw him. I always loved Joe, and I will miss him. ❤️❤️
Gail Rogers
Brenda, I’m so sorry to hear about Joe. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Melissa Michaels
We are sorry to hear of Joe’s death. Joe was a cousin and we grew up together. He was always the same Joe. We will keep the family in our prayers.
Bobby and Peggy Phillips
My deepest sympathy to Brenda and all of the family. God bless you always.
Juanita Dixon
Brenda,I'm sorry to hear of your husband's passing and I pray God will be with you during this difficult time.
Keitha Blalock
We always enjoyed Joe in the Barber Shop .He was a Great person .
Doug Smathers
We always enjoyed Joe coming into the barber shop. He was a great person.
Doug Smathers
Brenda- I’m so sorry to hear this about Joe. I know he is now healed and walking the streets of gold. He was always smiling and joking every time I would see him. We will be keeping you and the family lifted in prayer. Please don’t hesitate to call on us if you need anything. Love you Wonder Twin.-Janet
Janet Wofford
Brenda My deepest sympathy goes Out to you and your family My thoughts and prayers Are with you all
Sarah moore
Dear Brenda, Mom and I want you to know that we are right next door if you need anything. Knowing Joe was a highlight in our lives from Ghost Town to being your neighbor. Much love to you and all of your family. He’s going to be missed greatly.
Lee and Ruby Hardin
My sincere condolences at the loss of your dear cowboy. When my friends lose a dear one and are grieving, I, too, grieve for them. Brenda, we've known each other our entire lives and my heart goes out to you at this sad time. Just keep your faith that one day we will be united again in Heaven. My love to you...and prayers for strength and courage to move through this valley of life.
Sharon Byers Conner
Brenda and family. Sending my heartfelt sympathy and prayers. Joe will be missed and forever in our hearts. He was a gentle kind person and his memories will live on with those who knew and loved him.
Brenda Mitchell
RIP MY OLE BUDDY! Love and prayers for each family and friends. My love to you all GARY peanut Justice.
Gary Justice