Farming Rural 19

Enos Andrew (Andy) Temple

August 1, 1977 ~ April 29, 2020 (age 42)


     Enos Andrew (Andy) Temple, of Canton, died after a brief illness on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at John F. Keever Solace Center in Asheville, N.C. He was 42. Andy was born on August 1, 1977, in Cruso. He attended Bethel Elementary School, Bethel Junior High School, and Pisgah Senior High School. He worked as a glass installer at Sylva Glass, but also was an avid gardener, coin collector, and guitar player. He is a true craftsman and took pride in doing quality work.

     One of the kindest and most compassionate souls you could ever meet, Andy loved his family and friends deeply. Though he never married, he doted on his nieces and nephews, even into their adulthood. He loved to laugh, constantly sharing jokes, poking sides and looking at the bright side of life. His quick wit and infectious smile will be greatly missed.

     Andy also was a great tinkerer, often taking apart machinery and electronics and rebuilding them, inspired by his father who sparked this curiosity in his life. He also loved to see his garden grow, often sharing his bounty of vegetables with his neighbors. Through gardening, he understood the cycles of life and in his last months, he prepared his family well for their all-too-soon loss. He picked through his favorite things to share, he hung his burial clothes with great care, and he constantly reminded everyone of his great love for them. The words, “I love you,” was always on his lips.

     Our family will grieve the loss of this beautiful, loving, gentle man for a very long time.

     Andy is survived by his parents, Hilery and La Marr Temple, of Cruso; his siblings, Shannon (Larry) Baker of Reading, Pennsylvania; Amanda (David) Temple, of Waynesville; Adam Temple, of Cruso; Seth (Angela) Temple, of Clyde; Rachel (Robin) Meredith, of Greer, S.C., and Emily (Tim) Strong, of Selma; nieces and nephews, Hannah Baker, Allen West, Nikki West, Sarah Temple, Marshal Temple, Dustin Mangus, Heather Mangus, Jeremy Mangus, Luke Temple, Liam Temple, Taylor Meredith, Melanie Meredith, Haley Meredith, Dillon Strong, Simeon Strong, Savannah Strong, and Giovanni Strong; plus many cousins, aunts and uncles.

     He was predeceased by his sisters, Sarah Temple, who passed away in 1974, and Ramona Ann Mangus, who passed away in 2017. A Celebration of Life service will be held once the COVID-19 quarantine is over. Those details will be posted on Andy’s Facebook page,

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