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Harold Warstler

Harold Edward Warstler

Saturday, June 16th, 1928 - Monday, September 7th, 2020
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Obituary

Harold Warstler, age 92, of Franklin, passed away on Monday, September 7, 2020.

Harold was born in Goshen, Indiana on June 16, 1928 and was the son of the late Ezra and Bertha Warstler. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Griggs, and a brother, Michael Garber. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Betty Warstler; two daughters, Kim Mason and husband, Junior Mason of Franklin, Pam Ervin and husband, Tim Ervin of Salisbury, and a son, Brad Warstler and wife, Ellen Shankin of Floyd, Virginia; eight grandchildren, Falon Bryant, Dustin Mason, Jesse Shuler, Eric Ervin, Adam Ervin, Nicole Plummer, Clayton Warstler, Jacob Warstler, and 16 great grandchildren.

As a young man, Harold worked for a number of years in carpentry, farming, drafting and tool design before, in his late 20’s, deciding to go to college to study social work. In 1965, Harold and Betty moved their young family to Franklin, where he became assistant director for Macon Program for Progress and soon fell in love with the mountains and people of Macon County. For two years he worked on community organization projects, helping Burningtown and Nantahala get phone service and new community buildings. He was later made supervisor of the Self-Help housing program (a forerunner to Habitat for Humanity). More than 100 new homes were built through the self-help program, which received national recognition. Harold became director of MPP in 1968 and for the next 8 years, worked on a number of economic development projects: the non-profit Macon Citizens Credit Union, Maco Crafts, and the Sheltered Workshop. He also helped establish a county-wide Head Start Program, Home Start program and a homemaker training program.
When he retired from MPP in 1975, he drew on those early skills to start building houses again and set up a woodshop to build furniture. In his later years, Harold loved the time spent in his garden, enjoyed raising chickens, and had endless stone wall and stone flower bed projects. He also remained deeply involved with mission and building projects at the Franklin United Methodist Church. He was a good husband, father, neighbor and mentor and he will be missed.

The family would like to thank Dr. Gus Wilde and Care Partners Home Care and Hospice for their thoughtful care and support.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date at First United Methodist Church.

Memorial donations may be made in Harold’s memory to Care Partners Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734, Heifer International, a program to help end hunger and poverty in a sustainable way by supporting and investing alongside local farmers and their communities (www.heifer.org/give) or First United Methodist Church Missions Fund, 66 Harrison Ave, Franklin, NC 28734.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
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Loretta Hastings

Posted at 08:40pm
I knew Harold and Betty through Maco Crafts. Harold was so talented. He made the most beautiful woodworking items as I recall. Later I saw his work at the Methodist Church and at his grandson's home. He was a true craftsman. I remember his as a gentle soul as well. I am so impressed by the footprint he left behind in Macon County. My deep condolences go to you Betty, Dusty and the rest of the family. I know the loss is great and hearts are broken. Be assured of my prayers that the Merciful and Faithful God we serve will comfort you and grant you His wonderful peace in the days ahead.
Loretta Hastings
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Glenda Lopes Kelly

Posted at 01:39pm
Prayers, Sorry for your loss.
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Becky Ramsey Estes

Posted at 12:07pm
Harold and Betty were my Methodist Youth Fellowdhip Leaders. Such a kind. loving couple. Harold was a gentle. talented man. He was responsible for inspiring so many people in Macon County through his wonderful projects through Macon Program for Progress and so many other ways. He was a special friend to our family for years. Betty, Brad,Pam, and Kim I am so sorry for your loss. May God provide peace and comfort
through this difficult time.

Love
Becky Ramsey Estes
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Peggy R. Huscusson

Posted at 10:15pm
Dear Betty and Brad and family members, Mr. Warstler was an inspiration to me. He shared philosophical
ideas that always made me think and look at a challenge through a different lens. We will all miss him and I
realize that your grief is far reaching. Please know that countless lives are better because of his caring attitude.
Deepest Sympathy, Peggy R. Huscusson
 
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Martha Perry Tallent Posted at 11:09am

Dear Family, I was saddened to read about Mr. Warstler and remember him as a neighbor and the outstanding work he accomplished at the Shelterd Workshop. Doug and I are fortunate to have one of the beautiful round tables and chairs made by workshop members under Mr. Warstler's guidance and expertise. We raised our two sons eating at that table and now love seeing our little grandchildren there. Our condolences to all of you. Martha Perry Tallent
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