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Appalachian Funeral Services
Saturday October 19th, 2019
2:00pm - 4:00pm

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James Ralph DeVane

James Ralph DeVane, 80, of Cullowhee, passed away Thursday morning October 10, 2019. A native of South Alabama, he was the son of the late Woodrow and Frances DeVane. Ralph retired after 35 years as a Mathematics Professor at Western Carolina University. He loved playing golf, traveling and rooting for his Crimson Tide, but his passion was being an educator and loved teaching and helping fellow teachers and students. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his wife of 30 years Mary and by his brother Bobby.

He is survived by his children;

                                               Lisa DeVane Burrell ( Andy), Gregory DeVane (Terri) , Christopher DeVane (Robin) and Michael DeVane (Kim)

Grandchildren- Paige Penland, Wesley Burrell, Justin DeVane, Jennifer Beane and Patrick Lee

Numerous Great Grandchildren also survive

The family will be receiving friends Saturday October 19, 2019 from 2:00 until 4:00 PM at Appalachian Funeral Services in Sylva, NC. 

Memorial Contributions can be made to WCU Foundation Department of Mathematics Fund or other department, 1 University Drive, HF Robinson Bldg. Ste 201, Cullowhee, NC 28723 or online at wegive.wcu.edu, which is also a memorial gift. 

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I am so sorry to hear about Ralphs passing. I enjoyed working with Ralph at WCU and the many interesting stories he had to share. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during your time of loss. I regret being unable to attend Ralphs service on Saturday.

Greg Plemmons Oct 16 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of James DeVane

Greg Plemmons Oct 16 2019 12:00 AM

My dear old friends Lisa,Greg,Chris,Mike and all the rest of the family, I am so sorry for the loss of such a neat and kind person. I haven't seen Ralph since I was in college but I remember him and of course, all of you. What a great family and what a cornerstone you all were to the Forest Hills Family.

Mac McDowell Oct 11 2019 12:00 AM

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