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Robert Taylor McCracken

December 8, 1942 — May 8, 2023


Robert Taylor McCracken

Robert Taylor “Little Bob” McCracken, 80, passed away on Monday, May 8, 2023, at his residence. 


Robert was a native and lifelong resident of Haywood County and the son of the late Tom and Mae Morris McCracken.  He was a 1961 graduate of Clyde High School and attended Massey College in Atlanta, Georgia.  Robert was a lifelong youth athletic coach with a genuine love for all sports and the development of young athletes. In 1997, he retired from Champion International with 31 years of service as a computer systems engineer.  Robert was a member of Clyde First Baptist Church.


He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carolyn Mathis McCracken; daughter, Melissa McCracken Cayton (Brent) of Clyde; a sister, Donna McCracken of Waynesville; one niece, Cindy Bryant (Eddie) of Waynesville; and one grandson, Tyler Redditt of Clyde.


A graveside inurnment will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, 2023, at Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Park with the Reverend Byron Burnette officiating.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tunnel to Towers Foundation/ or to Haywood Christian Academy Athletic Department, P.O. Box 609, Lake Junaluska, NC  28745.


The care of Mr. McCracken has been entrusted to Wells Funeral Home of Canton and an online memorial register is available at “Obituaries” at 
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Past Services


Thursday, May 11, 2023

4:30 - 6:30 pm (Eastern time)

Clyde First Baptist Church

78 Nelson Street, Clyde, NC 28721

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Graveside Inurnment

Saturday, June 3, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Park

886 Russ Avenue, Waynesville, NC 28786

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