‹ Return to Current Obituaries
Send FlowersHand delivered by a local florist
Send a Sympathy Card
Plant Memorial Trees


Appalachian Funeral Services
Wednesday July 13th, 2022
9:30am - 11:00am

View Details

Funeral Service

Appalachian Funeral Services
Wednesday July 13th, 2022

View Details

Graveside Service

Fairview Memorial Gardens
Wednesday July 13th, 2022

View Details

Order Flowers now for guaranteed delivery before Carnal's visitation.

Carnal Lee Proffitt

Carnal Lee Proffitt, age 90, passed away July 7, 2022 at his home in Sylva just 19 days after the passing of his wife Martha to whom he was married for nearly 72 years.
The oldest of 12 children, C.L. was born in the Swiss Community of Yancey County on November 11, 1931 to the late Grady Lee and Ollie Belle Proffitt.  He graduated from Bald Creek High School near Burnsville.  He was preceded in death by his wife Martha, brothers Jerry and Wendall, and sisters Louise, Judy, Ida, and Delyla.
A man of integrity with an unmatched work ethic, C.L. retired from the N.C. Department of Transportation in 1984 after 33 years.  He was blessed with many more years building houses with Lyle and Carroll Hall, and he especially enjoyed doing projects for his children.  He loved meeting and helping people and was respected by all those with whom he worked and served.
C.L. was an active member of Faith Baptist Church where he was a deacon and Sunday School teacher.   He participated in numerous mission efforts including building handicap ramps and traveling with the N.C. Baptist Men on disaster relief teams. 
He is survived by four brothers, Floyd Proffitt (Linda) of Granite Falls, Charles Proffitt (Nellie) of Weaverville, Gary Proffitt (Susan) of Rogersville, TN, and Roger Dale Proffitt of Asheville; one sister, Patricia Dills (Tony) of Weaverville; five children, Danny Proffitt (Glenda) of Memphis, TN, Dennis Proffitt (Pat) of Sylva, Debbie Keisler of Wesley Chapel, FL, David Proffitt (Christy) of Sylva, and Darrell Proffitt (Julia) of Asheville; grandchildren, Anthony Proffitt, Stephanie Kesner (Bobby), Cassie McAbee (Brad), Blake Proffitt (Felicia), Brady Proffitt, Megan Robitaille (Nichlaus), Lindsey Smathers (Josh), Josh Proffitt, Chloe Proffitt, Madison Proffitt; and numerous great grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 13 at Appalachian Funeral Home in Sylva.  Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m.  The service will follow at 11:00 with Pastors Peter Mudge and J.D. Grant officiating.  A graveside service will be held afterward at Fairview Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Blake Proffitt, Brady Proffitt, Josh Proffitt, Monroe Proffitt, Tracy Proffitt, Thomas Constant, Nick Kesner, Mitch Hyde, and Cameron Cabe.  Honorary pallbearers will be G.W. Revis and Carroll Hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to N.C. Baptists on Mission, PO Box 1107, Cary, N.C. 27512-1107, designated for “Disaster Relief Fund.”

To plant memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Carnal Proffitt, please visit our flower store.


Oh, how I loved your Dad. He was so very good to me at Lovedale and eveywhere I saw him. Such a wonderful man. You were blessed with two wonderful, Christian parents who are now walking all over Heaven together. I am sure Daddy is visiting with them. Love to you all. He will forever be remembered by so many. Prayers for all.

Thad & Leeunah (Lee) Woods Jul 14 2022 4:27 PM

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends ! He was a fine man ! Our sympathy and condleneces.

Jeff Carpenter Jul 14 2022 1:28 PM

He will be truly missed. I worked for years with him at the DOT. I really enjoyed working with him. He was a good person. My sympathy and condleneces.

Nick Steward and family Jul 14 2022 7:37 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Carnal Proffitt

Katrina Fisher Jul 13 2022 7:58 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Carnal Proffitt

Talmadge and Nancy Hoyle Jul 13 2022 4:02 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Carnal Proffitt

Bill and Jackie Moore Jul 13 2022 8:56 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Carnal Proffitt

Kimberly Krickhan Jul 13 2022 12:30 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Carnal Proffitt

Linda Long Turpin Jul 12 2022 10:31 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Carnal Proffitt

Margie Dulaney Jul 12 2022 3:32 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Carnal Proffitt

Rev Dennis Burrell and Evelyn Jul 11 2022 5:00 PM

Show More Entries