Fred Henry Inman, 79, of Granite Falls, passed away Thursday, January 19, 2023, following a period of declining health.

Fred was born on July 4, 1943 in Haywood County to the late Sam Inman and Molita Hampton Inman. He loved life, gardening, and trout fishing.  He was a kind, gentle man with a big heart who would help anyone. Fred was a wonderful husband and a great father to his stepdaughter.  He was a faithful, true, and loyal friend.  He was known in the community as the “Tomato King of Sawmills.”

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by five brothers, Willard Inman, Marcell Inman, James “Ned” Inman, Wayne Inman, and Gilma Inman; and two sisters, Wilma Inman and Thomasine Brown.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Donnie Carol Inman of the home; stepdaughter, Lisa Oliver; and sisters, Keyondious Settle and Joann Freeman.

A Memorial Service will be Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 3:00 PM in the Chapel of Mackie Funeral Service.  Friends may come at 2:30 PM to sign the guest register.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mackie Funeral Service at 35 Duke Street, Granite Falls, NC 28630 to assist the family with funeral expense.

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Mackie Funeral Service and Cremations is assisting the family.