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J.C. Cagle

J.C. "Pajay" Cagle, 72, of Sylva, passed away peacefully Monday evening November 23, 2020 after complications from a heart disorder. 

A native of Jackson County he was the son of the late Carmel and Almarie Cagle.

After retiring in 2009 in Oklahoma, J.C. returned to the family and mountains he loved so much in Western North Carolina. He loved spending time with his family at Fontana Lake and enjoyed taking truck rides with his buddy Max. A father figure to many, he was a very loved man by his family and friends, he always had an encouraging word or a joke for everyone who knew the "Renaissance Man". It was said that every family needs a Pajay ! 

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his brothers; Terrell, Genten and Terry Lee, and his sisters; June Clarce and Judy Magdeline

He is survived by his wife of 54 years Carolyn Brooks Cagle

His son- Brian (Shawn) Cagle of Waynesville

Granddaughter- Lydia (Chad) Christopher of Fort Benning, GA

Grandson- Luke Cagle of Waynesville

A Memorial Service to celebrate J.C.'s life will be held at a future date in December. 

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Community Table, 23 Central St., Sylva, NC 28779

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My childhood is filled with fond memories of good times spent with JC, Carolyn, and Brian. I will always cherish them, and am grateful that I had this time with your family. JC was such a good man, and such fun to be around. I am thinking of you and sending prayers and hugs your way. Much love, Christy and Elly

Christy Pace Dec 1 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of J.C. Cagle

Christy Pace Dec 1 2020 12:00 AM

I worked for Dayco with JC. I had the pleasure of going on many business trips with JC and it was always productive and fun. JC had a great personality and a willingness to help when you had a business problem. I did not know that JC was ill and I feel a great loss having not seen him after he retired. Condolences to the family. Philip Arrington

Philip Arrington Nov 30 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Carolyn and Brian and family, David and I were so sorry to learn of JCs passing. He was a fine man and we have fond memories of all of you at St. Andrews. We will keep you in our hearts and prayers. Jane Gladden

Jane Gladden Nov 28 2020 12:00 AM

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