Stanley Fortsyth


Stanley “Stan” Wyatt Forsyth of Cullowhee, age 73, passed away due to complications of congestive heart failure on July 15, 2020, with his daughters by his side.

He was born in Columbus, Ohio on Nov. 23,1946, to Albert and Oma Salyards Forsyth. He was a loving, thoughtful, and generous father, grandfather and friend to all who knew him.

Following in the footsteps of his dad (who served during World War II in the South Pacific), Stan was drafted in Bucyrus, Ohio to serve in the U.S. Army from 1966-68, receiving the National Defense Service Medal and Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar. He was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War in the 32nd Air Command at the missile and radar sites. He operated and worked on radios keeping communications open between missile sites and battalions.

He worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad, became a plumber by trade owning his own business, then worked with his good buddies at Tuckaseigee Water and Sewer after moving to Jackson County, N.C., in 2001 to be near his daughters and grandchildren. He enjoyed fishing, fixing cars, woodworking, and being with his friends and family. However, nothing gave him greater joy in life than being with his daughters and grandchildren. He was thankful to worship online with his family through Webster Baptist Church during the pandemic in his last months of life.

Stan is survived by two daughters, Tiffany (Phil) Stack of Cullowhee, N.C., and Carrie (Chris) Bailey of Knoxville, Tenn.; nine grandchildren, Taylor (Zachary) Pyle, Meredith (Zechariah) Carter, Lindsey Stack, Joshua Stack, Eli Stack, Courtney Bailey, Ty Bailey, Maggie Bailey, Lauren Bailey; two brothers, Ronnie (Phyllis) Forsyth of Whitehall, Ohio, Gary (Ann) Forsyth of Plymouth, Mass.; sister, Linda Burk-hart of Groveport, Ohio.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two half-brothers, Albert and Harold Spang of Stevensville, Mont.

A memorial service is being scheduled and will be announced.

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Appalachian Funeral Services of Sylva, N.C., is serving the family.