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Mr. Ray Alvin Presnell, age 66, of Dry Hill Road, Butler, Tennessee, passed away Tuesday afternoon, November 18, 2014 at home. Born March 25, 1948 in Avery County, he was a son of the late Samuel Craft and Delphia Presnell. Mr. Presnell was a US Navy Veteran and served in Vietnam. Alvin was a man of many talents, he owned and operated Craft Wood Products for twenty years and The Barn restaurant for a number of years and raised Dexter cattle on his farm.
He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Presnell; two sons, Norman Presnell and Matthew Presnell both of Butler; two grandchildren, Pacey and Corbin Presnell both of Butler; two sisters, Shirley Richardson and husband David of Vilas, and Kathy Dayton of Florida; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Benny and Elijah Presnell.
Funeral services for Mr. Alvin Presnell were conducted Sunday afternoon, November 23, 2014 at 2 o’clock at the Cherokee Mountain Church in Jonesborough, Tennessee. Officiating was Rev. Kenny Whaley and Rev. Josh Hamby. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 until 2 o’clock. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or online at
The family received friends Saturday evening, November 22, 2014 from 6 o’clock until 7:30 at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be shared with the Presnell family at
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Presnell family.