Canton – Neal Lamar Stamey, 86, passed away on Monday, February 7, 2022 at Mission Memorial Campus.
Neal was a native and lifelong resident of Haywood County and a son of the late George and Flora Murray Stamey. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Ann Rector Stamey, who died in 2011; son, Gary Stamey, who died in 2013; and brothers, Howard and Wayne Stamey; and sister, Edith Stamey Edwards. Neal loved raising cattle and was past president of the North Carolina and Haywood County Cattleman’s Association. He was a member of Long’s United Methodist Church and retired, with 42 years of service, from Champion International. Neal had a tremendous impact in all aspects of livestock /4-H and with WNC Communities.
He is survived by a daughter-in-law, Joy Shuler Stamey and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 13, 2022 in the Canton Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with the Reverend Donnie Henson officiating. Burial will follow at Long’s Community Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 3:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Mike Stiles, Justin Medford, Tony McGaha, Vance Muse, Steve Ledford, and Jeffrey Smathers. Honorary pallbearers will be Jeff Wallace, Isaac Wallace, Jacob Wallace, Travis Stuart, Brian Barnwell, and Austin Henson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gary Stamey Scholarship Fund, 594 Brevard Road, Asheville, NC 28806.
The care of Mr. Stamey has been entrusted to Wells Funeral Homes of Canton and an online memorial register is available at “Obituaries” at www.wellsfuneralhome.com