Ralph Douglas Pressley

Saturday, October 26, 1957 - Tuesday, February 11, 2020

In Loving Memory

Photo of Ralph Douglas Pressley  - 1957-2020

Waynesville- Ralph Douglas Pressley, age 62, of the Bethel Community, passed away unexpectedly at his residence on Tuesday, February 11, 2020.

A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Earl Lynn Pressley and the late Eula Mae Shytle Pressley.

A 1976 graduate of Tuscola High School, he had been employed by Winn-Dixie and by Ingles as a meat cutter from the age of 16. We give thanks for the life of Ralph Pressley, and his memory will remain with those who knew him forever.

Surviving is a sister, Joy Pressley Newton and her husband David of Waynesville; and his border collie, Smoke.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday, February 16, 2020 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home in Canton. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service. Pastor Gary Putnam and Pastor Bryan Myers will be officiating. Burial will follow in the Bethel Community Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are: Dick Rogers, Lewis Cooke, Jimmie Smathers, Mike Milner, James Conard, and Larry Wyatt.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Haywood County Schools Lunch Program at 1230 North Main Street, Waynesville, NC 28786.

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

Condolences from family and friends

Ralph was a great friend. We spent many many days in the deer woods. He was always there when I needed him. My thoughts and prayers for the family. He will be deeply missed. He may be gone but he never be forgotten. Rest in peace my friend.
Larry Wyatt
Joy and Fig, My heart goes out to both of you. Please, know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Mary Allen
Joy and fig, my heart goes out to you I’ve known Ralph since he was 16 . My whole family loved him. Mama and daddy thought they was no one like him. Me and Gary was talking about Ralph the last time he was here. The Winn Dixie days I stood and talk to him when I went into ingles.God bless you I know how hard it is.Tim,Betty jo and Skye Ruff
Betty jo ruff
My heart felt condolences to the family i worked with Ralph Pressley he showed me respect truly will miss him
Leona burgess
Such a great classmate, friend. Grew up with Ralph since Bethel Elementary, Bethel middle then to Pisgah. A great man will be missed by many. RIP my friend.
Rick Brookshire
Ralph will be missed by many. He was always a hard worker and was well liked my all who knew him. The world would be a lot better place in there were more people like Ralph. They just don’t come any better than Ralph.
Marion Stamey
Prayers for you Joy, and for his many friends and family left here. Words can not express the sadness I feel in knowing that Ralph is gone from this earth, but I rejoice in knowing that he is rejoicing in his heavenly home now! God called him home, and oh.... what a reunion with his Daddy and Mama, and all of our aunts, uncles and cousins that have gone before us! So many good memories of family picnics and happy times spent at each others houses, for many years while growing up. I keep those memories close to my heart, and I will treasure them always. Rest easy my precious, sweet cousin, I will see you again someday....
Joy & Fig I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. I will be praying for your Comforter to completely surround you. Hebrew 13:5-6
Angie Lowe
My prayers are with you as you face this tragedy! God Bless you!! Love Connie
Connie Ivey
My prayers are with you as you face this tragedy! God Bless you!! Love Connie
Connie Ivey
Ralph was a nice man. He spoke to me every time he walked by me. I will miss his smiling face. Condolences to his family!
Kelly Hamilton
Joy and Family I am so sad to see this. My Thoughts and prayers are with you all..
Janet Davis Smith
Joy and Fig, My deepest condolences to you. Ralph was a friend to all and as good a guy as I have known.
Joe Church
So sorry to hear of Ralph’s passing .
Janice and Larry Sharp