Emery Lee Presnell, age 87, of Laurel Fork Road, Vilas, passed away Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at Johnson City Medical Center. Born January 6, 1933 in Watauga County, he was a son of George Washington and Susie Guy Presnell. Emery was a member of Beech Valley Baptist Church. He was a home construction carpenter by trade, and co-owner with his wife of Mary's Kitchen, the restaurant they built on George Wilson Road. Emery loved telling stories and sharing a good joke with his friends. He enjoyed whittling a piece of wood with his pocket knife, trading knives, drawing and fishing. He loved spoiling the children at the restaurant with a piece of candy. Emery's greatest joy was being able to lend a helping hand to anyone he felt was in need.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Harmon Presnell; daughter, Brenda Castle and husband, Jason, of Boone; grandson, Dustin Guy of Boone; granddaughters, Ashley Guy of Boone, Jessica Guy of Charlotte, and Cortney Castle Mckuch and husband, Josiah, of Mocksville; great-grandsons, Kaden Clark Castle and Raylan Britt, both of Mocksville; great-granddaughters, Kaylee Ollis of Spruce Pine, Reagan Mckuch of Mocksville and Sariah Mckuch of Richlands; and sisters, Susie Cordell of Banner Elk, Martha Blevins of Sparta and Elvira Presnell of Banner Elk. A number of nieces, nephews and cousins, and constant companion, his dog, 'Button' also survive.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six brothers, Dwight, Marshall, J.D., Clint, Ira and William Presnell; and two sisters, Ruby Mann and Frances Hicks.
Graveside services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon, October 13, at l o'clock at the Presnell Cemetery, officiated by Rev. Raymond Spann.
A Celebration of Life gathering will be Saturday afternoon, October 17th, at 2 o'clock at Mary's Kitchen, 486 George Wilson Road, Boone.
At other times, friends may visit anytime at the home, 309 Laurel Fork Road in Vilas.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Austin & Barnes Funeral Home to assist with expenses.
Online condolences may be shared at austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Presnell family.