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Southwestern Community College
Monday August 20th, 2018
4:00pm - 6:00pm

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Southwestern Community College
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George Quayle Neslen

Dr. George Quayle Neslen Jr. of Sylva, North Carolina entered chapter eternal on Monday, August 14 in an Asheville hospital at the age of 73. Quayle grew up in Whittier, California where his late father and orthopaedic surgeon Dr. George Quayle Neslen Sr.  inspired his love of medicine. Dr. Neslen is survived by his mother Eleanor Neslen Ramsay of Newport Beach, California,  wife, Dotty Ferguson Neslen, sisters, Nancy Neslen and Marty Ruch (John), Norwegian exchange brother, Egil Nordberg (Kjellaug), children Jenny Neslen Stowers (Jason) of Young Harris, Georgia, Emily Neslen Meduri (Josh) of Asheville, Martha Neslen of Sylva, George Quayle Neslen III (Cassie) of Sylva, Nicki Parton Vogel (Dan) of Rutherfordton, Robin Parton Pate (Trace) of Knoxville, TN, Sara Parton (Chris) of Bryson City, NC, seventeen grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and his trusted assistant of many years Liz Coggins.

Quayle grew up in Whittier, California where he formed many childhood memories at the beach with his family. He served as president of his high school class and played multiple sports. To his parents, he was the perfect child- full of potential and compassion. These traits guided his future as a medical provider and most importantly, as a parent.

After high school, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, where he played on the basketball team, majored in history, minored in religion, and was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He earned his medical degree from George Washington University, completed an internship at the University of Southern California Medical Center, and did his residency at Emory University Hospital.

He drove all over the country looking for the best place to live and raise kids, ultimately landing in Western North Carolina. In 1980, he and Dr. Cliff Faull started Sylva Orthopaedics and they later went on to establish sports medicine services to Western Carolina University, where Dr. Neslen served as a team physician for twenty years. 

Quayle was a believer in Christ, an avid fisherman, a voter, and a valued community partner. His contributions include decades of service in leadership roles at Southwestern Community College, the Jackson County School Board, Rotary Club of Sylva, and others. He will always be remembered for helping others, especially those in need (or who voted like him). His passion in life was healing people and serving others in his role as a physician. He believed that God was the ultimate healer and Quayle spent 32 years emulating this belief.

To Quayle’s seventeen grandkids: Jack and James Stowers, Arella, Aurora, Aria and Archer Meduri, Harper and Aspen Neslen, Faith and Levi Vogel, Sydney and Sophie Pate, Cole and Jace Wiggins, Audrey and Clay Seagle, and Frank Parton, he was a beloved Papa who could always be counted on to provide them with the best grandpa hugs and an endless supply of Dad jokes. Papa Doc was especially proud that several of the grands mastered Papa as their first word. Quayle’s kids were truly his pride and joy and they have described him as a champion, who loved unconditionally and always had time to listen.

Quayle absolutely loved the region and people he served. Cherished treasures included the fish in the lakes calling his name, the music of Patsy Cline, and the local stories he loved to hear.  Although Quayle was not born here , he quickly became interwoven and an integral part of the local narrative. He enjoyed many travel adventures with the love of his life, Dotty. In their twenty one years together they made memories through the bringing together of their families. They found comfort in each other whether visiting family, traveling, or having a quiet night at home full of moments of shared laughter.

The entire community mourns the loss of our friend, mentor, and father figure, who will always be remembered for his candor, hearty laugh, and love for his patients, family and friends.

Funeral services will be held 6:00 pm on Monday, August 20 at Southwestern Community College, 447 College Dr., Sylva, NC with  Rev. JD Grant officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the services from 4:00 -6:00pm.

While our friend and father has left his earthly home, he has been laid to rest with an eternal view of the beautiful mountains he chose to call home. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested to send donations to Owen Heart Center at Mission Hospital in order to help pay it forward to other families in hope of more time with their loved ones.

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DR Neslen first scoped my left knee in 1995 after tearing my Meniscus when I was just 22 working for Davey Tree and again in 2006 at 33 on the same knee when I was working for Nantahala Power & Light Co. I am almost 46 and have very minor to most days zero pain after 2 surgeries. Thanks DR Neslen. Now you will have it pain free for eternity.

Jon Hughes Jan 5 2019 12:00 AM

I worked with Dr. Nerslen at the hospital in Sylva and I loved it. He was a great Orthopedic Surgeon and very personable to his patients. I also was a patient of his when I had to have knee surgery on my knee and I loved the way he treated me-as if I was his only patient and always making me laugh. I will miss him a lot. I haven't seen him in many years but I will have fond memories of him.

Rhonda Crisp Oct 25 2018 12:00 AM

I'm so sorry to here Mr Neslen, my Father was Glenn Kirkland we live in Glenville,you all has a house on the lake there


David (Mac) and I will miss hanging out with you and always sharing a laugh or two. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you and all the family.

David and Kathy McMahan Aug 24 2018 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Tina Fisher Aug 23 2018 12:00 AM

I always enjoyed working with Quayle back in the old days at Harris. He was a great surgeon, very kind to his patients, and a lot of fun to work with. Great times and memories. My prayers and condolences to you all.

Craig Harris Aug 20 2018 12:00 AM

We remember when Quayle came to town and joined with Cliff Faull to establish an orthopedic practice. Would they make it? YES, they would. We needed Quayle more than we knew. Yes, Quayle made us all laugh and be happy. He was just one of those people. His children and family should know how much we liked him for his personality and how much we admired him for his medical skills. Jerry and Laura Coffey

Jerry and Laura Coffey Aug 20 2018 12:00 AM

Condolences &Prayers to all of you. He was great friend and doctor. Thanks for the Wonderful memories. GOD BLESS all of you.

Ruby Dobbings Aug 20 2018 12:00 AM

I am keeping the Neslen family in my thoughts and prayers. What a wonderful man and a such blessing to have had him in your family.

Jennifer Ford Aug 20 2018 12:00 AM

George & family: I am so sorry for your loss. Quayle was a wonderful man and loved by all of us who knew him. I am eternally grateful for all of the time he gave to Logan while he and George were growing up. I pray that God will grant you peace and serenity in this time of sorry.

Susan Knight Ford Aug 20 2018 12:00 AM

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