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Floyd Ray Fisher

January 3, 1940 ~ April 29, 2020 (age 80)


Waynesville, Floyd Ray Fisher, age 80, passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at Mission Hospital.

A native of Madison County, he was the son of the late Floyd Edwin and Dortha Coward Fisher. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his dear daughter, Misty Dawn Fisher, who died in 1998.

Ray is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Shelby Reece Fisher; son, Dr. Philip Fisher, and his wife, Jann, of Waynesville; and grandchildren, Graham Fisher of Charlotte and Peyton Fisher of New York City.

Moving to Haywood County at an early age, Ray was a proud resident of the Fines Creek community, where he graduated from Fines Creek High School. At Fines Creek High School, he was a bus driver and played both basketball and baseball.

Ray was a man of many interests, including fishing, grouse hunting, and bear hunting.  Ray retired as a supervisor at Dayco with 25 years of service and was a member of Calvary Road Baptist Church.  Ray helped many young men as a coach of youth baseball and basketball in the 60’s and 70’s. He even started the Haywood Babe Ruth League for local high school players to play during the summer. Ray was in his happy place seated on the tractor mowing grass at his home, or for his grandson’s baseball teams.  One of Ray’s favorite activities was playing golf where he notched three holes-in-one during his time on the links.  Above all else, Ray adored his family and Papaw, as he was affectionately called, traveled the country following his grandchildren’s athletic endeavors and never missed a game.

A private service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 9, 2020 in the Waynesville chapel of Wells Funeral Home with Reverend John Swanger III officiating.  The service will also be livestreamed and accessible to view on

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 7101 Creedmoor Road #130, Raleigh, NC 27613 or Calvary Road Baptist Church, 2701 Soco Road, Maggie Valley, NC 28751.

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

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Celebration of Life
May 9, 2020

1:00 PM
Waynesville Chapel of Wells Funeral Home
296 N. Main Street
Waynesville, NC 28786

Video is available for this event


Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
7101 Creedmoor Road #130, Raleigh NC 27613

Calvary Road Baptist Church
2701 Soco Road, Maggie Valley NC 28751
Tel: 1-828-926-0506

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