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Obituary for William Roy "Bill" Pressley

Pisgah Forest - William Roy Pressley (Bill), 84, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 31, 2023 surrounded by family. 

A native of Jackson County and longtime resident of Transylvania County, he was the son of the late Roy and Alma Pressley.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Mary Lou Parker Pressley, two daughters, Penny Lee Higginbotham and Carolyn Pressley Shuford, one sister, Opal Elders, two brothers, Rev. James Kenneth "Joe" Pressley and Blaine Edwin Pressley.

He was a member of Turkey Creek Baptist Church.  He loved life and he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.  He particularly enjoyed family get togethers, birthdays, holidays, and any reason for family and friends to come by the Pressley pool!! He was a very skilled woodworker and craftsman and could sharpen anything.  He was a gifted athlete at Cullowhee High school and lettered in both baseball and basketball.

 He retired after 35 years at the Ecusta paper mill. After retirement he installed replacement windows and vinyl siding. Many Saturdays he and his family would put in windows or siding around the community.

Surviving is his daughter Trish Pressley of Pisgah Forest,  NC; sons Doug Pressley of Pisgah Forest, NC, Sammy and wife, Jessica, of Brevard, NC, and Jason and wife, Sherry, of Cedar Mountain, NC;  grandchildren,  Duncan Pressley and wife, Shannon, Dustin Pressley, Andy McCranie and wife, Katie, Alyssa Shelton (Cody), Lauren Stanley and husband, Dan, Jake Higginbotham and wife Kayla, Levi Higginbotham , Avery Shuford and wife Chloe,  Addison Shuford, Drew Pressley and wife Courtney, Kaitlyn Pressley, Megan Pressley, Cade Pressley, Avery Pressley, and Kenley Pressley; great grandchildren Cheyenne Pressley, William Pressley, Evelyn Pressley, August Pressley, Mason McCranie, Harper McCranie, Cole McCranie, Kira Shelton, Arik Shelton, Jaxin Shelton, Jace Shelton and Graison Montgomery; Sisters Gladys German and Bessie Blanchard of Cullowhee, NC, and Katie Wood of Sapphire, NC.

The family extends special thanks to all the staff at Four Seasons Hospice.  

The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 5, 2023 at Turkey Creek Baptist Church in Pisgah Forest. The Rev. Shannon Owen will officiate. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Turkey Creek Baptist Church of Pisgah Forest, 805 Capps Road, Pisgah Forest, NC, 28768.

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Moody-Connolly Funeral House and Crematory is caring for the family.