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Bruce Garfield Singleton

June 8, 1940 ~ October 10, 2021 (age 81)


Bruce Garfield Singleton, 81, passed away peacefully at his home on a beautiful Sunday evening, October 10, 2021 surrounded by his loving family and friends.

Bruce was born on June 8, 1940 and raised in the beautiful Henson Cove area of Haywood County, North Carolina by his mother, the late Nina Lee Singleton.  Bruce loved growing up on the farm with cows, chickens, dogs and a bountiful vegetable garden.  A 1962 graduate of Berea College in Kentucky, Bruce not only captured a business degree but also met the love of his life, Adell, capturing her heart as he introduced her to pizza for the first time. They would spend the next 58 years together creating a beautiful family with three daughters and eventually two sweet grandsons who would snuggle up to him at every possible chance.  Later in life, after an early retirement from the Social Security Administration, he spent his days roaming the hills in search of the perfect root or apple tree in which to forage. Bruce never met a stranger, captivating family and friends with stories while sharing his love of history, love for family and zest for life. He was always there to listen, giving advice to many with his incredible down to earth, “plain vanilla” simple life mentality. Before Bruce was lifted to heaven, he spoke of getting the gang back together for a fishing adventure, held hands with his loving daughters and wife, told his grandsons he loved them and insisted he wanted to be on the ground.  Being indoors, in bed on such a beautiful day was unheard of so Bruce left on his journey where he will meet up with Grandpa ‘Lil’ Charlie and other loved ones telling stories and walking effortlessly once again.

He is survived by his wife, Adell Branscum Singleton; three daughters, Dianne Singleton Gettinger (Guy) of Canton, Leah Singleton of Asheville, and Donna Singleton Barnhart (Chris) of Arden; and two grandsons, Cooper James and Chase Bruce Barnhart.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 16, 2021 in the Canton Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with the Reverend Doug Henson officiating. Burial will follow at Bethel Community Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Friday evening, October 15, 2021  at Wells Funeral Home. 

Reception/Luncheon will commence after burial at Henson Farms 177 Wilson Branch Rd Canton, NC.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pisgah High School Athletic Association, #1 Black Bear Drive, Canton, NC  28716.

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


October 15, 2021

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Wells Funeral Home - Canton
3715 Asheville Highway
Canton, NC 28716

Funeral Service
October 16, 2021

11:00 AM
Canton Chapel of Wells Funeral Home
3715 Asheville Hwy
Canton, NC 28716

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