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Martha A. Proffitt

June 13, 1930 — June 18, 2022

Martha Alta Hensley Proffitt, age 92, passed away June 18, 2022 at Skyland Care Center in Sylva with her husband of nearly 72 years by her side.

Martha was born June 13, 1930 to the late Furman and Alice Hensley of the Swiss Community in Yancey County.  She was preceded in death by two sisters, Lola Hughes and Myrtle Dulaney of Burnsville, and a brother, Glen Hensley of Hickory.

A sweet and beloved lady with a tender, compassionate heart, Martha was an example of Godly love always putting the needs and wishes of others above her own.  She will be remembered for her caring spirit, sweet smile, and contagious laugh. 

Martha was a virtuous woman of great faith and a member of Faith Baptist Church.  She loved children, reading, and quilting.

Her beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren by whom she was deeply loved.

Martha is survived by her husband C.L. Proffitt; one sister; Grace Patrick of Zephyrhills, Fla. 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 whom she loved.

The family would like to thank Carmela Brooks, a very special caregiver, for her love and companionship; also, the wonderful staff members at the Jackson County Adult Day Program, Dr. Balta’s office, Hospice, and Skyland Care Center.

A Funeral Service will be held 11:00 am Wednesday, June 22 at Appalachian Funeral Home with Pastors Peter Mudge and J.D. Grant officiating.  A graveside service was held afterward at Fairview Memorial Garden.

The family will be receiving friends from 10:00 am till 11:00 prior to the Service at the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Baptist Children’s Homes of NC, PO Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361, (800) 476-3669.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Wednesday, June 22, 2022

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Appalachian Funeral Services

65 Skyland Dr, Sylva, NC 28779

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Funeral Service

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Appalachian Funeral Services Chapel, Sylva, NC

165 Skyland Dr, Sylva, NC 28779

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