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Vance “Pappy” Clayton Styles

April 21, 1938 ~ July 24, 2018 (age 80)

Mr. Vance Clayton Styles “Pappy”, 80, of Sylva, died Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at Harris Regional Hospital, surrounded by his family.  He was born in Macon County, on April 21, 1938, to the late Edward and Viddie Styles.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his 3 brothers, 5 sisters, and by his infant  daughter Susan.

Vance worked for A.C. Lawrence Leather Co. for 25 years, before continuing his career with T & S Hardwoods of Sylva.  He was an active member and Deacon at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.

Mr. Styles is survived by his; wife of 56 years, Frances; daughter, Debbie Styles Hoyle and her husband Jack; son, David Lee Styles and his wife Tammy; 3 grandchildren, Jessica, John-David and Blake; sister Izetta Carpenter; and by many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.

The funeral service will be held Saturday, July 28 at 2:00 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, with Rev. Brad Burns, Rev. Earl Holden and Rev. Eddie Stillwell officiating.  The family will gather with friends, at the church, one hour prior to the service, from 1:00-2:00 p.m.  Burial will follow at Henry Cogdill Cemetery.  Friends and family are invited back to the church, following the burial, for a reception.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations, be made to Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, 89 Mt. Pleasant Church Rd., Sylva, NC 28779.

Western Carolina Funeral & Cremation Service is entrusted with the arrangements.  Online condolences may be sent at


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