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Joseph William (Joe) Ergle

November 16, 1968 ~ May 4, 2022 (age 53)


Canton – Joseph “Joe” William Ergle, 53, passed away on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at his residence.

Joe has spent much of his life in Haywood County and was the son of the late Joseph Arthur Ergle and Mary Bragg Forbes; he was also preceded in death by his beloved stepfather, Lee Forbes.  Joe was employed by Evergreen Packaging.  Prior to his time with the mill, Joe was a self-employed dump truck driver and owned and operated High Country Trucking.  Joe was a handyman, quick with a joke, and was always willing to lend a helping hand.  In recent years, Joe became interested in Koi fish and had two Koi ponds on his property.  He loved to hand feed his fish cheerios and even gave them names.  Joe was an avid outdoorsman cherishing his time in a stream or waking up at the crack of dawn during all hunting seasons. Joe enjoyed spending time with his family and cooking them all of his homemade meals.  Joe was loved and will forever be in the hearts of his family.  

Joe is survived by his wife of 22 years, Melisa Ergle, of Canton; son, Kolton Ergle, and his wife, Angel, of Canton; two daughters, Kaitlyn and Kortney Messer, of Canton; three sisters, Ginni Lee Baker, and her husband, Tommy, of Palm City, Florida, Linda Elaine Powell, and her husband, Jim, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, and Maribeth Barnello, and her husband, Bill, of Ft. Benning, Georgia; four brothers, Artie Greene, and his wife, Chris, of Richmond Hill, Georgia, Bryan Greene, of Stuart, Florida, Bob Forbes, and his wife, Heather, of Canton, and Danny Forbes, and his wife, Wendolyn, of Waynesville; and one beloved granddaughter, Madylynn Ergle. 

A celebration of life service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, May 9, 2022 in the Canton Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with the Reverend Frank Harvey officiating.  The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

The service will be live streamed through our website at                                                      

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


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Celebration of Life
May 9, 2022

6:00 PM
Canton Chapel of Wells Funeral Home
3715 Asheville Hwy
Canton, NC 28716

Video is available for this event

Visitation following service
May 9, 2022

Wells Funeral Home - Canton
3715 Asheville Highway
Canton, NC 28716

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