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Joel Felix Kuykendall

December 4, 1939 ~ July 21, 2019 (age 79)
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Canton – Joel Felix Kuykendall, 79, passed away on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at his residence.

A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Elmer Merit and Willie Virginia “Bill” Bryson.  He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Norris Clark Kuykendall who died in 2007.  Joel retired from Southern Bell with 30 years of service as a construction foreman and was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.  He enjoyed riding horses and helping people.  Joel was a United States Army veteran.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carolyn Norris Kuykendall; a daughter, Cindy C. Kuykendall; two sons, J. David Kuykendall and his wife, Jenny, and Bryan C. Kuykendall and his wife, Stephanie, all of Canton; and six grandchildren; Cole, Micah, Riley, Jackson, Callie and Merit. 

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 in the Canton Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with the Reverend Donald W. Milstead and Reverend Donnie Henson officiating.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.  A private burial will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Parkinson’s Research – Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY  10163 or to a charity of one’s choice

The care of Mr. Kuykendall has been entrusted to Wells Funeral Homes and an online memorial register is available at “Obituaries” at


Donations may be made to:

A charity of one's favorite

Parkinson's Research - Michael J. Fox Foundation
P.O. Box 4777, New York NY 10163
Tel: 800-708-7644

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