Nelson David Stiles

Nelson David Stiles, 81, of Franklin, passed away Sunday, March 20, 2016.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late George T. Stiles and Agnes Angel Stiles. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Patsy Drake and Pru Anderson; and a brother, Steve Stiles. 

Nelson was a member of Longview Baptist Church, the Macon County Horse Association, and Mounted Search and Rescue. He compassionately tutored adult basic education and volunteered with children. He was an integral member of 4-H, continuously displaying his vast bank of equestrian knowledge through an inspiring passion for helping others. He also helped raise extensive funds for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Nelson was an avid horseman; he loved a horse race, judged many horse shows, and often participated as ringmaster. He owned Nelson Stiles Construction Company.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Betty Ruth Barker Stiles; seven children, Judson Stiles of Franklin; David Stiles and wife Ann of Pikeville, Tennessee; Stephanie McCall of Highlands; Kim Guyer of Franklin; Gretta Hurst and husband Floyd of Otto; Adam Yonce and wife Jessica, and Tommy Yonce and wife Joanne of Franklin; two brothers, Fred Stiles of Franklin and Dan Stiles of Waynesville; five sisters, Becky Holland, Alma Bryson, Joanne Hubbs and Jean Wells, all of Franklin, and Margaret Banks of Fletcher; 21 grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. 

Nelson was a devoted husband to a wife he loved dearly, an adoring father and a proud grandfather. He thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his family when he wasn’t riding horses or throwing shingles. His family, friends and co-workers loved and respected Nelson as he was a man of immeasurable integrity and value.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 in the chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Dan Stiles and Rev. Carson Gibson will officiate. Burial will be in the Longview Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, at Macon Funeral Home.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Memorial donations can be made to the Hospice House Foundation, PO Box 815, Franklin, NC 28744.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at

The Franklin Press

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