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Leonard Waycaster

August 6, 1945 — February 11, 2024


Leonard Waycaster, passed away peacefully on February11, 2024, at the John F. Keever Solace Center. He was born on August 6, 1945, in Buncombe County. Leonard's remarkable life was filled with accomplishments, cherished relationships, and a deep love for the game of golf.

Leonard embarked upon an illustrious career that spanned several decades. He served as the CEO of the Hilton hotel in Asheville, NC and held similar positions at various locations in Arizona. After retiring from his successful corporate role, Leonard found joy in working at the pro shop of the Asheville Municipal Golf Course. His unwavering passion for golf was evident to all who knew him.  Driven by his love for the game, Leonard won many golf competitions in the area achieved two incredible holes-in-one throughout his golfing journey. These extraordinary moments brought immense pride and joy to him and are treasured memories that will forever be associated with his name.  Leonard was also a Navy veteran serving his country during the Vietnam War.  He took great pride in his service and loved his country dearly.  

Aside from his passion of golf, whether on the course with friends or watching on TV, Leonard loved to be at home with Sue and his fur babies and constant companions, Piper and Paddy, they meant everything to him. He was a member of Etowah Golf Course. He also immensely enjoyed fast sports cars of all kinds.

Leonard is survived by his beloved wife of 28 years, Sue Waycaster, of Candler. Their enduring love and unwavering support for each other served as an exemplary inspiration to all those around them.  He also leaves behind two daughters: Christy Waycaster of Inman, South Carolina; Kaylyn Waycaster of Austin, Texas; grandson, Dylan Gosnell and sisters, Mildred Williamson and Mamie Painter. His step-son, Dwayne Paschall and wife Ginger from Virginia Beach were also important members of Leonard's extended family.  While Leonard's passing has left a void in the lives of those who cherished him deeply, it is important to remember that he is now reunited with those who preceded him in death. Leonard was preceded in his final journey by his parents, George Waycaster and Mabel Moore Waycaster; daughter, Allison Gosnell, step-son, Dana Paschall, brother George Waycaster, and sister, Pansy.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 15, 2024 at the Wells Funeral Home of Candler's Chapel of Faith.  Military rites will be provided by the Haywood County Veteran's of Foreign Wars.  Burial will follow the service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.  

The care of Mr. Waycaster has been entrusted to Wells Funeral Home of Candler.


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