Carvel Ross Eyre, age 93, of Sylva, N.C., died on Wednesday, Nov. 20.
Carvel was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Myrna Smith Eyre; and sisters, Jane Gaffney, Marge Hobart and Betty Gingas.
He is survived by his siblings, William Eyre and Nancy Engels; daughters, Patti Fitzpatrick (Thomas), Marjorie Eyre, Sally Sigan and Nancy Eyre; grandchildren, Karl Fischer, Beth Leonard, Shawn Leonard (Meghan), Alex Camp (John), Jack Sigan (Stephanie), Stevie Zvereva (Stas), Gwen Sigan, Tatum Eyre; and great-grandchildren Ryan, Owen and Marisa Fisher, Christopher, Dominic, Gemma, Liam, and Olivia Leonard, Abigail and Robert Camp, Zoya and Nicholai Zverev, and Alana Sigan.
Carvel was born in Royal Oak, Mich. on Nov. 7, 1926. During World War II, he graduated from high school early to enlist in the Army Air Corps, hoping to become a fighter pilot. WWII ended before he saw combat, so after leaving the service, he attended Michigan State University and married Myrna.
Carvel started his career at the age of 15 in the family business, the Eyre Lumber Company. He began designing homes for various local builders in Midland, Mich., while working in many building-related trades, including management of a plumbing and heating company and a Sherwin Williams paint store. After the birth of his fourth daughter, he was hired by Dow Chemical to work with their specialized panels for refrigerated warehouses. Carvel moved his family to Missouri, then Ohio and back to Michigan, and traveled extensively for his work.
If there was anything he loved more than traveling by airplane, it was sailing. He and Myrna sailed the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay on their boat, Lodka.
After retiring from Dow Chemical, Carvel continued working as a consultant. At the age of 73, he mastered the computer CAD program and continued to design homes and commercial buildings well into his 80s.
Carvel and Myrna eventually settled in Raleigh, N.C., where they were very involved in their community and Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church. Carvel was a community volunteer all his life, from the Jaycees in Michigan to Kiwanis in Ohio, and finally with Habitat for Humanity in North Carolina – an organization that he loved. He was honored by Habitat for Humanity of Wake County as Volunteer of the Year in 1994.
After his wife died, he moved to Sylva, N.C., to live with his daughter, Marjorie, and immersed himself in the new community.
Funeral services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Sylva, N.C., on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Forest Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, First Presbyterian Church of Sylva or Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church of Raleigh.
Garrett Funeral Home is caring for the family. A message of comfort and guest registry may be signed at www.garrettfuneralsandcremations.com.