James Crandall Moffitt, 84, of Hayesville, passed away Friday, May 31, 2019, in a Chattanooga, Tenn., hospital.
He was a native of Clay County and had lived locally throughout his life. Crandall taught at Nantahala, Ranger and Peachtree, but spent the majority of his career at Martins Creek Elementary as both teacher and principal. Crandall inspired a love of reading and learning in his students.
He enjoyed gardening and was well known for his tomatoes, a trait that his son carries on. Crandall loved trading guns and knives, and he also enjoyed playing checkers and listening to bluegrass music.
Crandall had a contagious sense of humor and loved to tell a good joke. You never saw him without a smile on his face.
He was a devoted husband and father.
He was the son of the late Fred Charles and Eula Blanche Eller Moffitt. He was also preceded in death by a young brother, Javana Moffitt.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Joann Cross Moffitt; a daughter, Suzann Ledford and husband David of Hayesville; a son, Kent Moffitt and wife Jackie of Murphy; a sister, Minnette Moore and husband Gene of Hayesville; and a grandson, Justin Moffitt of Murphy. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 7 p.m. Monday, June 3, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville, with the Rev. Johnny Foster officiating. Music was provided
by Rebecca White and the Pressley Girls. The interment was in Bethel Cemetery.
The family received friends from 5-6:45 p.m. Monday, June 3, at Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville, prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of James Crandall Moffitt to: Kids Food Bag Ministry, Attention: Dorcas Brooks, P.O. Box 427, Andrews, NC 28901.
Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville, was in charge of all arrangements.
An online guest register is available at iviefuneralhomeinc.com.