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John Russell Cagle

John Russell Cagle, “Russ”, age 63, of Hiawassee, Georgia passed away on September 13, 2021 due to complications from Covid-19. Russ was a native of Jackson County, born in Sylva, NC on July 1, 1958.  For the past 25 years, he resided in Hiawassee enjoying the beautiful North Georgia area.

Russ was preceded in death by his father, William “Baldy” Cagle and his mother, Marie (Sherrill) Cagle. 

Russ loved his country, instilled in him by his parents, and this love for America stayed with him all his life.  He had a long career in the car business building a vast network of close friends within the automobile industry.  He enjoyed hosting friends at his house and taking them on pontoon boat rides around Lake Chatuge.  He was happy just spending time with his family and friends. 

He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Wendy Cagle, one son, Dustin Deitz, two nephews Trent (Amber) Cagle and Matthew Cagle and one great nephew, Brayden Cagle.

The family will be receiving friends from 5:00 to 6:00PM followed immediately by a memorial service beginning at 6:00PM on Friday, September 17, 2021 at Banister-Cooper Funeral Home in Hiawassee, Georgia.  The family asks that attendees please wear a mask for everyone’s safety.  

In lieu of flowers, please donate in Russ' memory to: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.

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So very sorry to hear about Russ. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Thad & Lee Woods Sep 20 2021 12:00 AM

Billy, I am so sorry to hear about Russ, found out 30 minutes after his service or Jeff and I would have been there. Russ and I saw each other a few times when he worked in Murphy. It was always memories and laughs when we talked. He may have not always made the right decisions in his life, but he kept going and made a lot of friends along the way Hope you and your family are well. Take care Marsha Gosnell Mashburn

Marsha Gosnell Mashburn Sep 17 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of John Cagle

Marsha Gosnell Mashburn Sep 17 2021 12:00 AM

Billy and Wendy: I have known Russ for over 40 years as he was a student of mine my first year teaching at Sylva-Webster High School. I must say that he helped to properly break me in as a young beginning teacher at the high school! He was a fun guy and a very good man whom I will always remember! As a former teacher, friend, and neighbor my thoughts and prayers will be with you and I am so sorry for your loss and wish you the best in the future! Larry Tucker

Larry Tucker Sep 16 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about Russ passing. Condolences to Bill and the rest of the family. tim osment

Tim Osment Sep 16 2021 12:00 AM

Bill and Wendy: Prayers from all the Roberson family. Great memories of growing up in Jackson County and being in business in Sylva together. May God comfort each member of your family. Love to each of you! Take care! Hoyte,jr.

Hoyte Roberson Sep 15 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of John Cagle

Hoyte Roberson Sep 15 2021 12:00 AM

Billy,so sorry for your loss. Russ was a well liked man and will always continue to have fond memories of Cagle & Son days. Go rest high on that Mountain Russ. Keep a watch over everyone. Thoughts and prayers, Traci Settlemyre Dellinger Jaime Dellinger

Traci Settlemyre Dellinger Sep 15 2021 12:00 AM

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