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James Carroll Moody

February 24, 1947 — October 18, 2023


James Carroll Moody

James Carroll “Dibs” Moody, was a one of a kind mountain man from Camp Branch born on February 24, 1947.


James graduated from Waynesville Township High School in 1965. He loved football, drag racing and working on cars. He served his country with honor and distinction as a member of the US Army stationed in Fort Bliss, Texas during the Vietnam War.


James was a dedicated welder who worked for Champion Paper for 35+ years. He peacefully passed away with his son by his side on October 18, 2023, at Haywood Regional Medical Center. James was known for his big heart, love for his friends and family and a strong passion for history and storytelling.

Golfing was one of his favorite pastimes, allowing him to make lifelong friends on and off the green. He also enjoyed driving his beloved 1954 Chevy Truck, which he owned and restored for 50 years. James’ love of history led him to build muzzle loaders, knives, powder horns and powder bags using traditional methods.

James is preceded in death by his wife Marty Moody. He is survived by his son Rob Moody (Lindsay); grandchildren, EllaGrey Woolsey Moody and Cory Woolsey Moody; the mother of their child, Margaret Woolsey Reed; and a multitude of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by his father Charles D. Moody, mother Ruth Allen Moody, sister Jane Moody, as well as three brothers Ray, Bruce and Lucius Moody.

James leaves behind a legacy of love and kindness that inspires those who had the privilege of knowing him. May his soul rest in eternal peace.


A Celebration of James’ Life will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2023, at Bearwaters Brewing at 101 Park St, Downtown Canton, NC. Come visit friends and family at 3:30 pm with a reading and storytelling about James at 5:00. You’ll find us by his Ole’ Blue Truck.


In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Champion Credit Union Member Relief Fund or Mountain Projects


The care of Mr. James has been entrusted to Wells Funeral Home of Waynesville and an online memorial register is available at "Obituaries" at


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